MGN ImageMAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Department of Health says an 80-year-old man has died as a result of the COVID-19 virus.Officials say the man, who underwent testing and treatment at a hospital in Erie, died due to complications of the virus.As of Monday, Chautauqua County has a total of eight confirmed cases of the virus; including the death. The other seven individuals are recovering at home, officials said.Monday’s numbers are as follows: 21 in Mandatory Quarantine (individuals confirmed positive of COVID-19 or a household contact of a confirmed positive COVID-19 case);32 in Precautionary Quarantine (individuals with travel history to CDC level 3 country or proximal contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19);18 in Mandatory Isolation (individuals who are symptomatic of COVID-19 and are pending COVID-19 lab test);98 negative test results to date; and1 death.Chautauqua County Public Health staff says they perform an intensive investigation to identify close contacts of all confirmed positive cases.“Following guidance from NYSDOH, contact tracing begins on the day the person with the positive test started having symptoms,” said officials in a press release. “NYSDOH deems this the beginning of the infectious period.”Once identified, the department says they notify close contacts of those potentially exposed and they are placed under mandatory or precautionary quarantine to monitor for symptoms.“If you do not personally hear from a public health nurse, you are not a close contact of an individual who has been confirmed to have COVID-19,” furthered officials. “Per NYSDOH, close contact refers to a person who cared for or lived with a person with COVID-19. It does not include activities such as walking by a person or sitting across a waiting room or office for a brief time.”There continues to be a national shortage of personal protective equipment such as masks and gowns, collection swabs, and viral transport media supplies. As such, officials say it is critical that laboratory testing be prioritized for hospitalized patients and ill health care workers and nursing homes residents.“PPE must be appropriately utilized by the appropriate people,” said officials. “It is critical that we protect our healthcare workforce.”Any resident experiencing a fever, with cough or shortness of breath is asked to call their health care provider first for guidance.“DO NOT show up at their office, Urgent Care, or ER before calling,” expressed officials. “If symptoms are severe and/or you require an ambulance for transport, call 911 and notify the operator of your severe respiratory symptoms.”Officials also say the COVID-19 outbreak has led to the spread of fear and panic for individuals and communities. In addition to following physical precautions guidelines, they ask resident to take care of their psychological well-being.The Chautauqua County COVID-19 Response Team meets daily to stay up-to-date on rapidly changing situations. They ask that community members do the following:Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, and wash them more frequently throughout the day;Avoid touching your face;Cover your coughs or sneezes;Avoid close contact with others by keeping a distance of six feet;Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces; andStay home and avoid contact with others if you are sick.For additional information, residents can call the NYS Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or Chautauqua County DHHS at 1-866-604-6789. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),The Chautauqua County department of health is very negligent in keeping the people of this county informed in regard to the status of Covid 19 in the area. We should be told what locations were visited by positive and potentially positive people in the county.We are completely kept in the dark by the county representatives, unlike the leaders of Erie County or Mayor Sundquist who understand that the knowledge they share empowers their constituents.,Totally agree!! We are being left in the dark,they only shared the location first 3 cases…WHY??
(WBNG) — The Broome County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a suspicious incident that occurred on Monday. There are no further details regarding this incident to report at this time. The individual who made the complaint described the driver of the Toyota as an Asian male and tried to get them to stop. The sheriff’s office says the BMW and Toyota were last seen traveling southbound on Route 12 toward Price Chopper. Officials have suggestions if you find yourself in a similar situation: In a Facebook post, the sheriff’s office said they received a complaint from an individual who said a Blue BMW X3 and a Black Toyota Highlander were driving carelessly. They said the Toyota made an abrupt U-turn and started driving parallel with the individual’s vehicle. Call 911 (it’s legal to drive and talk to 911, but it can also give us your exact location, and dispatchers can give you safe directions)Obtain license plate numbersObtain a description of the vehicle(s) or person(s) involvedGive a direction of travel of yourself and the other vehicle(s)Press record, if you have a dash cameraWhen in doubt; don’t stop, don’t drive home, but travel to a public area such as a gas station or schoolIf possible, drive to a Sheriff’s Office, State Police Barrack, or police station (indicated by blue markers) If anyone has any information regarding this incident, call the Broome County Sheriff’s Office at (607) 778-1911. Refer to complaint #20-12882
Our Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: The Gauhati University Inter-College Badminton Tournament (Men & Women) Tournament 2018-19 concluded successfully on Monday at Gauhati University Indoor Stadium which was organized by Gauhati University Sports Board in association with PGSU, GU. Altogether 13 teams participated in the tournament with around 70 shuttlers from affiliated colleges under Gauhati University. B. Barooah College emerged as winner in the Men’s section whereas Gauhati University PG Classes became runners up. In the Women’s section Abhiruchi Institute of Physical Education were declared winners and Handique Girls’ College as runners up.The prizes were distributed by Dr. Mridul Hazarika, Vice-Chancellor, GU, Dr. Ranjan Kumar Kakati, Director, Students’ Welfare, GU, Dinesh Chandra Kalita, Deputy Director, Students’ Welfare, GU.In his speech GU Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Mridul Hazarika congratulated all the participants and team managers in general and all the winners in particular for making the tournament a grand success. Dr. Ranjan Kumar Kakati thanked all the people behind this tournament for making it a grand success. He hoped that the winners and participants will carry forward from here and succeed in other events in the national and international arena. This is stated in a release. Also read: Local Sports