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Poloncarz: 'Go under the assumption that coronavirus is everywhere'

Update: Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced late Friday that there are now 47 confirmed positive cases of Covid-19 in Erie County.

There are now 36 confirmed positive cases of Covid-19 in Erie County as of noon Friday,  Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein said.

Six of those people are currently hospitalized.

"They are in various hospitals throughout the community," Burstein said.

There have been 220 negative tests.

As of noon, 256 tests have been completed by the Erie County health lab and there 299 pending results for Erie County residents at the lab.

Also 163 people have completed quarantine.

Earlier Friday, officials announced two new cases – one in the Town of Tonawanda and the other in the Angola/Evans area.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said that they don't have the town data yet on the five latest positive cases.

"We want everyone to go under the assumption that coronavirus is everywhere," Poloncarz said.

He also addressed questions about Gov. Cuomo's latest order to shut down all businesses not considered "essential."

"If you're not on the list (of essential businesses) you have to close," Poloncarz said. "Your employees can work from home. You cannot operate at your place of business if you're not listed as an 'essential business.'"

If you have questions about whether you're an essential business, call 716-846 8200 or go to www. esd.ny.gov.

The county is announcing a new feature: an interactive case map that will provide information about positive cases throughout the county. The link will be made available later Friday.

 

 

 

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