Cattaraugus County reporting first coronavirus death, 30 confirmed cases



April, 21, 2020

Cattaraugus County is reporting it’s first coronavirus death according to the county’s COVID-19 map.

Officials say a 77-year-old man with extensive underlying health conditions developed respiratory failure and died due to those complications.

There are now 30 confirmed cases in the county with a total of 19 people having recovered.

This article will be updated as more information becomes available.

April 17, 2020

The Cattaraugus County Health Department says it has its 29th lab confirmed case of COVID-19.

Officials tell News 4 a man in the southwestern part of the county was tested on Wednesday and his results came back positive on Thursday.

According to the Health Department, the man has no significant travel history, but developed a fever, dry cough, fatigue, and loss of taste.

The man is now home resting and under quarantine with his family.

April 16, 2020

A man living in the southeastern part of Cattaraugus County is the latest positive case of COVID-19 in the county.

Health officials say the man has no significant travel history but was a close contact with a known positive COVID-19 person.

Officials also tell News 4 the individual has been asymptomatic for the most part. He was tested by the Health Department on April 14 due to being a direct contact.

The positive test result came back on April 16.

He’s at home resting and now under quarantine with his family, according to the county.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is now 28.

April 15, 2020

Cattaraugus County health officials say they received notification of a 27th lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 on Wednesday.

The newest case is a man who lives in the northeastern part of the county.

Officials say he’s a healthcare worker with no known positive COVID-19 contacts.

He was tested on April 13 after developing fatigue, body aches, and occasional cough. A positive test result came back on April 14.

The patient is resting at home and is now under quarantine with his family, Cattaraugus County officials say.

According to the County Health Department, they have begun a thorough contact tracing investigation for individuals that they have been in contact with and the places that they visited.

“He and his family will be assessed for any medical support that we can provide and we will monitor their symptoms closely,” officials said.

Troy Licastro is a digital content producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2018. See more of his work here.

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