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Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz and Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein provided an update on COVID-19 in Erie County at a press conference on Monday.
From test results from the Erie County Public Health Lab and the New York State Department of Health reporting system, four new coronavirus cases were confirmed Sunday. Those individuals include:
Three of these tests were performed at the Erie County Public Health Lab. One was performed by Quest Diagnostics, a commercial laboratory. The individuals in question live in Amherst, Buffalo, Elma and Orchard Park.
As with other cases, ECDOH epidemiologists have notified these individuals and placed them in mandatory isolation. They are identifying close contacts of these individuals and placing those close contacts in mandatory quarantine to monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.
A news advisory said, “We are further advising any individuals who were present at the following locations on the specified dates to monitor themselves daily for symptoms of COVID-19.”
If you develop symptoms, call your doctor for medical advice. The following symptoms may appear two-14 days after exposure.
The investigations for the cases reported on March 14 from Grand Island and Buffalo will continue through today. None of those individuals worked in occupations that had direct public contact, and their close contacts have been placed under mandatory quarantine to monitor for symptoms.
ECDOH will release additional guidance as it affects the public, as it becomes available through the investigation process.