NEWFANE, N.Y. (WIVB)–The former Newfane Intercommunity Hospital will act as housing for quarantined individuals if needed to contain the spread of COVID-19, according to Niagara County officials.

Eastern Niagara Hospital and the county announced the short term agreement on Tuesday.

“This partnership between Eastern Niagara Hospital and Niagara County is the type of collaboration and cooperation our community needs as we work our way through the COVID-19 pandemic. We are all in this together,” Niagara County Public Health Director Daniel Stapleton said.

Officials tell News 4, this site will be for those not showing symptoms but cannot be quarantined to their home for various reasons.

CEO of Eastern Niagara Hospital Anne McCaffrey released this statement:

“We are pleased to work closely with NiagaraCounty to utilize hospital resources for the betterment of the public health.  It is our common goal to ensure the public health of our community and prevent the COVID-19 pandemic from accelerating in our region, to the greatest extent possible. While the need today is to use the facility to house quarantined individuals, Eastern Niagara Hospital, in conjunction with Niagara County, will continue to monitor the public health needs of the region and will evaluate the best usage of the facility on an ongoing basis.”

Eastern Niagara Hospital CEO Anne McCaffrey