Recent COVID-related deaths continue to climb

Another COVID-related death was reported Thursday by the Chautauqua County Department of Health. The death, which appears to be a person over the age of 90, marks five in the last week, 20 since the beginning of January and 52 to date.

Of the deaths noted thus far during the pandemic, four have included people between the ages of 40 and 49; three between 50 and 59; five between 60 and 69; 14 between 70 and 79; 21 between 80 and 89; and five over the age of 90.

Many of the most recent virus-related deaths in the county have been tied to local nursing homes. According to state Health Department data from information collected from facilities, there have been 19 deaths at Chautauqua Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Dunkirk, two more than reported Wednesday. Two deaths also have been reported at Heritage Green in Greenhurst and three at Absolut Care of Westfield.

Overall, 24 residents of nursing homes in the county have died due to COVID-related complications along with one at an adult care facility.

Meanwhile, the county Health Department also recorded 64 new COVID cases for data collected Wednesday, of which nine involve people living in the Dunkirk zip code, two in Fredonia, 16 in Jamestown, five in Ashville and four in Gerry. Several municipalities also reported one or two new cases.

There have been 5,938 total cases to date during the pandemic. As of Thursday, there were 520 active cases (an increase of 31 from the previous day), 43 people with the virus in the hospital (an increase of one) and 1,946 people in quarantine (an increase of 22).

In Cattaraugus County, 46 new COVID cases were reported Wednesday evening. To date there have been 3,421 confirmed cases, with 434 currently considered active along with 45 people with the virus in the hospital, 68 deaths and 2,919 recoveries.

The seven-day positivity rate, the number of positive COVID tests compared to the total number of tests administered, was at 6.3%.

There were also 17 new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths reported in Warren County on Thursday. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, there have been 1,906 cases in the county and 75 deaths.

Of the cases, 1,576 are confirmed and 330 are probables.

The statistics for Warren General Hospital did not change — 30 COVID-positive patients, none on ventilators, and none in intensive care.

One in every 21 people in Warren County has or has had the virus – the department’s statistics indicate 4,863.4 infections per 100,000 population.

Brian Ferry contributed to this story.


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