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Chautauqua County discontinues contract tracing for COVID cases

A blue graph showing the seven-day COVID-19 average for Chautauqua County since Oct. 2, 2021.
Chautauqua County Health Department

Chautauqua County has not been excluded by the rapidly rising number of Omicron-variant COVID-19 cases.

County Public Health Director Christine Schuyler said Tuesday that their Health Department and the state's contact tracing team no longer have the capacity to individually contact all individuals with positive test results.

The county is adopting CDC recommendations for isolation and quarantine, telling residents who test positive — regardless of vaccination status — to self-isolate for five days and notify their household and close contacts.

If there are no symptoms or if symptoms are resolving within five days without a fever for 24 hours, patients should still wear a well-fitting mask for five more days.

If symptoms do not improve or if there is a fever, patients should stay at home until the fever resolves and symptoms subside. They should also contact their healthcare provider for medical advice.

Chautauqua County has seen more than 18,000 COVID cases, with 544 new cases the week of Dec. 19-25, 2021. The Health Department said 39 people are hospitalized and 82 percent of those hospitalized are not fully vaccinated. The seven-day average is 9.5 percent.

More information is available online here.