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Niagara County announces first Covid-19 death; total cases now 143

Niagara County announced its first death from Covid-19 Tuesday.

The victim was a 58-year-old man who had no underlying health conditions, the county Health Department said in a news release.

County Public Information Office Kevin C. Schuler said the death occurred Monday. No information was disclosed about where the death occurred.

Erie County has attributed 30 deaths to the virus as of Monday night.

“We offer our condolences to the family and we want them to know our whole community stands with them in their time of grief,” said Daniel J. Stapleton, Niagara County public health director.

“This pandemic has claimed many lives across our state, country and world and each one is a reminder that we must all do our part to bring the Covid-19 crisis to an end,” Stapleton added. “Community spread is still occurring and it is important for our residents to stay home, wash their hands and maintain a 6-foot distance from others. You are not only protecting your own health, you are protecting the health of others.”

Thirteen new Covid-19 cases were confirmed Tuesday by the Health Department, bringing the county's total to 143 since the pandemic began.

The county said 41 of the people confirmed with the virus have recovered. Sixteen are in hospitals and 86 are in home isolation.

According to the department's online map, the new cases were spread broadly across the county.

Four new cases were confirmed in Niagara Falls, bringing the Cataract City's total to 37, the largest number in the county. As of Monday night, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center had six Covid-19 inpatients.

Wheatfield, the town with the most cases, added two cases, reaching a total of 28.

The City of Lockport also added two cases, while one new case each was reported in North Tonawanda and in the towns of Lockport, Royalton, Cambria and Pendleton.


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