MAYVILLE – "The virus is right here" These are a few of the phrases that the county's director of public well being shared with the Chautauqua County Legislature in regards to the new coronavirus, COVID-19, on Wednesday.
Christine Schuyler, Chautauqua County Director of Public Well being and Commissioner of Social Providers, offered an replace on the virus in Chautauqua County to lawmakers throughout their month-to-month assembly of the voting session that was held on-line by video chat and by telephone.
"I firmly consider that COVID-19 is on the degree of neighborhood outreach" she stated.
Schuyler stated the virus is right here within the county and can unfold to a "Unbridled fee" If folks don’t adhere to stay-at-home methods, observe social distancing and frequent handwashing for a minimum of 20 seconds.
To this point, three county residents have examined optimistic for the coronavirus, with 11 folks in necessary quarantine, 21 in preventive quarantine and 52 in necessary isolation.
Schuyler stated there have been many questions on testing for COVID-19 within the county. She stated the county is experiencing a check scarcity, of which there’s a nationwide scarcity. He added that well being care officers are prioritizing those that are examined primarily based on threat components and symptom severity. She stated well being care suppliers are making the choice about who will get examined.
Schuyler stated hopefully subsequent week county officers will hear extra details about the attainable acquisition of a brand new check that may decide if somebody is contaminated in roughly 45 minutes. At this level, it takes a number of days for check outcomes to be decided in a centralized state laboratory.
"I stay up for listening to subsequent week if that's a viable possibility within the county." she stated.
The county Division of Well being and Human Providers doesn’t obtain notifications of all COVID-19 exams within the county, Schuyler stated. She has requested that medical amenities notify county officers after they administer a check.
"We’re additionally getting a number of damaging (check) outcomes." she stated.
Schuyler stated there’s a scarcity of non-public protecting tools for the county's Division of Emergency Providers. She stated John Griffith, the county's director of emergency providers, has requested new provides of non-public protecting tools from numerous companies.
Schuyler stated an area firm has begun manufacturing of face shields, which is able to be capable of provide Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties.
Schuyler stated county staff are being screened day by day for coronavirus, whether or not they work at a county facility or remotely. She stated that earlier than every shift, county jail staff are being evaluated, together with a temperature studying.
She stated the county nursing employees can be being evaluated recurrently. He added that anybody who develops signs is being despatched residence from work.
Christine Starks, D-Fredonia, thanked Schuyler and her employees for the work they’re doing to attempt to preserve folks wholesome and educated in regards to the coronavirus.
"Phrases should not sufficient," Starks stated.