Chautauqua County recorded five new virus-related deaths last week in information released Wednesday by the health department.
The new deaths brought the total locally to 295.
From Jan. 16 to Jan. 22, the county also reported 1,653 new cases of COVID-19. To date, there have been 24,531 confirmed cases and 24,044 recoveries.
As of Saturday, 33 people had tested positive for the virus in hospital, up from 31 reported in the week ending January 15.
New confirmed cases have remained stable this month. There were 1,653 reported the week ending January 22; 1,743 reported the week ending January 15; and 1,855 reported the week ending January 8. Previously, the county hadn’t seen more than 850 new cases in any given week since at least October.
On Wednesday, the county’s health department said it would no longer report active cases and close contacts on its COVID-19 dashboard.
“Due to changes to isolation and quarantine protocols, cases are being closed faster than they have been in the past,” the ministry said on its dashboard. “With the changes to contact tracing, fewer contacts are reported to the department. These numbers no longer accurately reflect cases or contacts in the community. Also, as more cases are detected with rapid home tests and we are not always aware of the results, it should be noted that the total number of cases reported here reflects the minimum number and not the total number. cases encountered in the community. .”
Regarding vaccination status, 68.2% of the county’s population over the age of 5 (those eligible to receive the vaccine) received at least one dose while 60.7% were fully vaccinated.