Buffalo, Erie County declare State of Emergency, closes schools Monday as 3 residents test positive for coronavirus

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(WIVB) —UPDATE :Mayor Byron Brown issued a state of emergency in Buffalo in a press conference Sunday.

“This is a serious health situation,” Brown said.

He says the state liquor authority will charge establishments violations for not following capacity limits set forth by Gov. They can face fines and could lose their liquor license.

This article will be updated as more information becomes available.

ORIGINAL: Governor Andrew Cuomo revealed in a press briefing Saturday that three cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Erie County.

They’re among the new cases now known today that bring the statewide total to more than 600.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz tweeted soon after that the health department is in contact with those people. Poloncarz held a press conference Sunday with Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein and the Commissioner of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Daniel Neaverth, Jr.

During that time, Poloncarz enacted a State of Emergency to begin at Noon, and announced that all Erie County schools would be closed on Monday.

“We are entering uncharted waters,” Poloncarz said, before calling on locals to be in solidarity with one another.

Nearly an hour later, the Town of Amherst declared a State of Emergency. Through this, the town will activate its Emergency Operation Center.

Currently, the coronavirus has no vaccine, and no antiviral medications are available.

Two of the people who tested positive are a man and a woman in their thirties, one who traveled out of state, and the other who traveled to Westchester County. The other person is a woman in her twenties, who recently traveled to Italy.

They are quarantined at home in Buffalo, Grand Island and Clarence. None are hospitalized.

Eight more tests are currently pending at the Erie County Public Health Laboratory, as 59 people remain quarantined. That second number is expected to rise.

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