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Niagara County's five new Covid-19 cases include two young adults, one in intensive care

Covid-19 is hitting younger adults in Niagara County, Public Health Director Daniel J. Stapleton said Saturday.

Among five new positive Covid-19 test results received from the state Department of Health Friday night were a 33-year-old North Tonawanda man, who is in an intensive care unit at a local health care facility, and a 29-year-old City of Lockport woman, who is in home isolation.

"It's true that older people are more at risk for complications. It doesn't mean they're more likely to get it," Stapleton said. "The younger people for the most part, they get it and they don't show as many symptoms as a younger person would. It's important that younger people know, you're not protected because of your age. That's why they should be staying put in your homes."

The North Tonawanda man is believed to be the first local ICU patient of the outbreak.

The other newly announced cases were all from North Tonawanda: a 43-year-old woman, a 51-year-old woman and a 64-year-old man. All are in home isolation.

That brought the county's total to nine confirmed cases, although Stapleton said a tenth person is in isolation. That person has Covid-19 symptoms, but because of other medical issues, cannot be tested for the virus, Stapleton said.

The county's announcement said the four new cases in North Tonawanda have no apparent connection to each other, and all five of its newly confirmed cases seem to have resulted from "community spread."

"They were not people we were watching or aware of," Stapleton said. "The tests were sent separately from a doctor or a hospital."

The cases announced earlier included a 42-year-old Niagara Falls woman, who was hospitalized for a time but later sent home, and three senior citizens from the Town of Niagara, one of whom was hospitalized.

As of Saturday morning, Niagara County had five test results still pending and 61 people quarantined in their homes without showing symptoms.

The quarantined people either had contact with one of the confirmed Covid-19 patients or recently traveled to countries where the first major Covid-19 outbreaks occurred, Stapleton said. Quarantines last for 14 days.

Stapleton released contracting tracing information for the first four cases. The places they went to recently included:

  • Nelson’s restaurant, Wheatfield, evening of March 11.
  • Sinatra’s restaurant, Town of Tonawanda, evening of March 12.
  • VP Supply, Clarence, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 13.
  • G&G Fitness, Transit Road, Amherst, 1 to 1:30 p.m. on March 13.
  • Neat Restaurant, Transit Road, Clarence, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on March 13.
  • California Closet, Walden Avenue, Depew, 3 to 5 p.m. on March 13.
  • Sam’s Club, Niagara Falls, 10 to 11 a.m. on March 15.

The state Department of Health "has said there is essentially no additional risk from having been at any of these places," Stapleton said. "You do not need to take any actions. For anyone at all who begins to feel ill, contact your primary health care provider."

Stapleton said if people haven't been to the places the confirmed cases visited, they might have "a false sense of comfort. You should be staying home because it's throughout the county and throughout the state."

Stapleton said contact information soon will become "of little clinical value."

"I think we're reaching that point because we're seeing results from throughout Niagara County," Stapleton said. "We'll continue to do tracing for people who were in direct contact with that person, but we won't be doing tracing to say they visited wherever they go."



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