Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown Friday announced that he has extended his state of emergency declaration to June 15 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Brown first declared an emergency on March 15 and renewed the declaration on April 15. The emergency declaration allows the city to access federal and state resources, and grants city departments greater flexibility in responding to emergencies.
Brown also urged residents to continue wearing masks whenever they are out of their homes and to maintain physical distancing to help put the city on a path to a phased-in reopening.
Brown said that, as of Friday, only one firefighter has currently tested positive for the coronavirus, while nine others are currently out on administrative leave. Meanwhile, 41 firefighters have recovered and returned to work.
In the Buffalo Police Department, two officers have currently tested positive for the virus, while 15 others are on administrative leave. Brown said 64 officers have recovered and returned to work.