By City of North Tonawanda Mayor Arthur Pappas
Residents, I want you to know I share in your frustrations in staying totally isolated from family and friends. This is a very difficult time in our lives, but I assure you we cannot do too much to combat this pandemic. Doing too little would have dramatic consequences for our community.
According to the Niagara County Health Department, the number of cases is rising moving upstate, and our peak will happen later. No one can determine when this will transpire and how long we will remain there. If we rush to return to a “new normal,” a second peak may happen and then the virus comes back even stronger.
For these reasons I cannot stress how important current mitigation is to help keep everyone safe. You may seem OK, but when you ignore the “PAUSE” rules set by the governor, you put others around you at risk. It is every individual’s responsibility to consider not only their own but others’ health also.
Please stay home for our medical staff and first responders’ welfare. In Niagara County, we have 166 cases with 616 tests having been given. The number of tests given statewide are below what is needed. It is possible if more tests were available the number of cases would be higher. There are several nursing homes in the area with positive cases and more cases within NT.
All executive orders put forth previously are still in effect. In addition, the golf course, Gateway docks as well as the boat launches at Sweeney Street and Gratwick Park are closed by governor’s orders.
With the holiday this week and improved weather, everyone is anxious to go out, but please refrain from being outside. Only by exerting compliance will we combat COVID-19 and emerge as the wonderful community NT has always been.
Stay informed, stay self-disciplined and help others by staying home.
I wish everyone a blessed spring with much to be thankful for despite restrictions.