Two more people have tested positive for Covid-19 as the coronavirus disease pandemic continued to spread throughout Western New York, bringing the total of Erie County cases to 31.
The two additional cases were announced during Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's news conference Friday morning.
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said Friday afternoon that of the two newest cases, one is from the Town of Tonawanda and one is from the Town of Evans. The case in Evans is in the Village of Angola.
Erie County is scheduled to hold a news conference at 3 p.m. Friday.
— Mark Poloncarz (@markpoloncarz) March 20, 2020
The Erie County Health Department had a total of 29 cases in the county as of Thursday night.
Late Thursday, the county announced 32 tests for Covid-19 that were conducted by the Health Department came back negative. Along with Friday's two additional positive cases, that leaves 281 tests that have been conducted by Erie County whose results are pending.
On Thursday, Poloncarz and other officials expressed frustration about the lack of testing supplies.
Health department officials said that, as with other cases, epidemiologists have notified the individuals who tested positive for the coronavirus and have placed them in mandatory isolation.
County health department epidemiologists are identifying close contacts of each of the individuals and placing those contacts in mandatory quarantine to monitor them for Covid-19 symptoms.