As the state’s Erie County’s Yellow Zone microcluster boundary creeps further south, Chautauqua County continues to report the lowest seven-day COVID-19 test positivity rate in western New York.
According to the results reported to the state Department of Health as of Wednesday, the last available day, the county’s percentage positive rate is 1.4% for seven days. This does not include the 36 new cases announced on Thursday in the Chautauqua district. However, if the county had done 770 tests on Thursday, 36 positive tests on Thursday would be a 4.6% positivity rate.
As of Wednesday, Chautauqua County has the lowest positivity rate in western New York at 1.4%. The next lowest rate is 4.1% in Niagara County, followed by 4.8% in Cattaraugus County, 5.5% in Erie County, and 5.7% in Allegany County.
“At the time of this announcement, no area within Chautauqua or Cattaraugus County has been identified as a focus area for the New York State Microcluster Zone strategy in the fight against COVID-19.” Todd Tranum, president of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, said in an email late Friday afternoon. “However, we are seeing some areas in Erie and Niagara Counties that have been identified as yellow or orange clusters in addition to increased cases on the PA border. It is important that we all continue to improve our security protocols and familiarize ourselves with the microcluster zone strategy and what it means to your business and the community if it is implemented. “
For Chautauqua County to be placed in a yellow precautionary zone, it must have a moving average positivity rate of more than 3.5% for 10 days or 15 or more new daily cases per 100,000 inhabitants averaging seven days.
The county could be categorized into an orange cluster if it had a seven day moving average positivity over 4.5% for 10 days and 15 or more new daily cases per 100,000 population averaged seven days.
Chautauqua County would be placed in a red microcluster if it had a 7 day rolling average positivity above 5.5% for seven days. 15 or more new daily cases per 100,000 population averaged over seven days.
There are also conditions based on new cases in cities (five new cases per day averaging seven days) or postcodes with fewer than 10,000 residents (three new cases per day averaging seven days). Increasing positive cases that cannot be accounted for by a single area cluster or household transfer can place an area in a microcluster designation, as can an upward trend in total and daily hospital admissions.
DAILY COVID UPDATE FROM CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY
The Chautauqua County Department of Health reported 16 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, up from 151 in the past week.
These include nine in the Fredonia zip code and one each in Frewsburg, Bemus Point, Dunkirk, Westfield, Gerry, Jamestown, and Portland.
There are currently 141 active cases for those who continue to recover on the orders of local health officials. As of Tuesday, 12 people with COVID-19 have been hospitalized, the latest data available, plus 1,288 recoveries, 16 deaths and a total of 1,445 confirmed cases.
35 new cases were reported in Cattaraugus County Thursday night. To date, 762 residents of Cattaraugus County have tested positive for the coronavirus, of whom 236 were considered active. As of Thursday, the Cattaraugus County Health Department reported 503 recoveries, 15 hospital stays, 23 deaths and 439 in quarantine.
Warren County, PA., COVID UPDATE
WARREN, PA. – Warren County saw a nearly 40% increase in COVID-19 cases this week.
As of Monday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health data listed the county with 111 cases. Friday’s data shows 154 total, with 20 of those new cases announced in Friday’s numbers.
In response to the increasing number of cases, the City of Warren has announced that the municipal building will be closed to the public from Monday.
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