Letter from Congressman Reed COVID Update - December 22, 2020
Emergency Coronavirus Relief Act of 2020

As many of our summer residents/property owners are coming from other areas of the country and state to their homes for the season, the Chautauqua County Department of Health is urgently requesting that you self-quarantine for a period of 14 days (two weeks) in order to protect and preserve the health, safety, and welfare of all during this pandemic.

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Chautauqua County Public Health staff performs an intensive investigation to identify close contacts of all confirmed positive COVID-19 cases.  Following guidance from NYSDOH, contact tracing begins on the day the person with the positive test started having symptoms.  NYSDOH deems this the beginning of the infectious period.  Once identified, our department notifies the close contacts of their potential exposure to COVID-19 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.  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 (PPE) such as masks and gowns, collection swabs, and viral transport media supplies.  As such, 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. It is critical that we protect our healthcare workforce.   

Any resident experiencing a fever, with cough or shortness of breath should call your health care provider first for guidance.  (DO NOT show up at their office, Urgent Care, or ER before calling). If symptoms are severe and/or you require an ambulance for transport, call 911 and notify the operator of your severe respiratory symptoms. 

If you are overwhelmed right now, the NYS COVID-19 Emotional Support Line is staffed by specially trained volunteers who can help.  Reach Out 1-844-863-9314. 

The outbreak of COVID-19 around the world has led to the spread of fear and panic for individuals and communities. In addition to following physical precautions guidelines, individuals should be taking care of their psychological well-being.  The guide at this link includes tips for the general population, individuals receiving mental health services, parents, caregivers of older adults, and mental health providers: 

The Chautauqua County COVID-19 Response Team continues to meet daily during this pandemic to stay up-to-date on rapidly changing situations.  They ask that you do your part: 

·                 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; and

·                 Stay home and avoid contact with others if you are sick.

For additional information, you can call the NYS Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or Chautauqua County DHHS at 1-866-604-6789.  

To follow the most current information on COVID-19, please visit the County, CDC or NYSDOH at:;