OLEAN — Two more deaths due to COVID-19 were reported in Cattaraugus County on Tuesday. There have now been 132 coronavirus deaths since April 2020.

The Cattaraugus County Health Department announced another 56 county residents were positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday. The number of people diagnosed with COVID-19 since March 2020 has risen to 7,731.

Ten of the new cases were people who had been vaccinated and 46 were unvaccinated, according to the health department.

The deaths involved two men, one age 38, the other age 60. Both men developed respiratory failure and were unable to overcome their illness.

Health department staff are now following 361 active coronavirus cases, 33 residents who are hospitalized and 822 people in contact quarantine.

Tuesday’s 56 cases bring the number of cases in October to more than 350. The daily positivity was 6.2% and the seven-day rolling average was 9.7%.

Twenty-one of the new cases were from the southeastern part of the county where there have now been 3,849 reported cases, about half of all cases in the county.

The northeastern part of the county had 16 new cases Tuesday for a total of 1,445, the southwest part of the county had 12 new cases for a total of 1,388 and the northwest had seven new cases for 1,049.

Men and women were evenly split with 28 new cases each on Tuesday. There have now been 4,119 cases involving women and 3,612 cases among men.

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There are now 34,784 county residents who have completed their vaccine series and 37,775 people with at least one vaccine dose. That is 59.1% of the 18 and older population and 49.2% of the entire population with at least one vaccine dose.

Appointments for vaccinations can be made through the Cattaraugus County website by visiting: https://www.cattco.org/covid-vacc-info or call the COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline at (716) 701-3777.

(Contact reporter Rick Miller at rmiller@oleantimesherald.com. Follow him on Twitter, @RMillerOTH)

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