COVID positives were asked to report contacts as Cattaraugus County ends monitoring News

COVID positives were asked to report contacts as Cattaraugus County ends monitoring  News

If a person has access to the internet, this process can be done either through the Cattaraugus County’s web portal at www.cattco.org or through the state web portal access: 

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  • Cattaraugus County is introducing a remote access option and call center reporting system for those who test positive to download isolation and quarantine orders or to self-report their positive case.

  • If internet access is not available, residents of Cattaraugus County can call the County’s Call Center at (716) 938-9119. After completing the identifying information on the request form, isolation or quarantine orders and letters of release are issued directly to the individual reporting the positive case.

As part of this new statewide effort, Cattaraugus County is not contact tracing. Individuals testing positive are being asked to contact those with whom they have been in contact with to self-report this exposure.

Toward this end, the New York State Health Department is taking an increasing role in the distribution of county specific day-to-day data regarding the spread of the virus.

Increasingly, both New York state and the nation are moving toward wide distribution of over-the-counter test kits. This unprecedented effort is in part contributing to the large increase in numbers associated with reported COVID-19 cases.

To avoid duplication of efforts and to focus local health department needs elsewhere, the health department will begin to transition from the daily reporting of specific day-to-day data. This data continues to be reported to the state Department of Health.

Anyone who tests positive for the COVID-19 through a lab, pharmacy, medical office, school testing site or at home test is asked to self-isolate, notify their household contacts and notify their close contacts.

Anyone who is notified that they are a close contact should start self-quarantine (unless exempt), monitor for symptoms and seek testing five days after exposure (earlier if symptoms develop).

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