MAYVILLE, N.Y.: -- Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel extended Chautauqua County’s State of Emergency for up to thirty (30) additional days as of 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, 2020 due to the continuing novel Coronavirus-19 (COVID-19) pandemic. COVID-19 is an infection associated with fever and signs and symptoms of pneumonia or other respiratory illness, and if spread in the population could have significant public health consequences.
The extension of the Local State of Emergency helps the County qualify for state and federal assistance related to the County’s response to the pandemic.
“The Western New York region has not met the Governor’s metrics test for a Phase 1 re-opening,” said Wendel. “Chautauqua County is still fully subject to the “New York State on PAUSE” executive orders issued by the Governor, and I ask all County citizens and visitors to still “DO THE FIVE” to help stop COVID-19: (1) HANDS – wash them often; (2) ELBOW – cough into it; (3) FACE – don’t touch it; (4) FEET – stay more than six (6) feet apart; and (5) FEEL SICK? – stay home.”
“The County’s COVID-19 Response Team containing the appropriate public health and emergency services officials and staff continues to meet and issue updates to the public daily,” said Chautauqua County Commissioner of Health and Human Services Christine Schuyler. “We must remain vigilant in all of our efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. If we fail to do so, all of our hard won progress will be lost."