Two Buffalo-area families quarantined in their homes, await results of coronavirus tests

Erie County

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and the Erie County Department of Health will provide an update on local testing for coronavirus at Noon. Watch below:

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Two Buffalo-area families are under quarantine as they await test results, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who gave an update Tuesday on coronavirus in New York.

The Erie County Department of Health says the people who returned from Italy recently spent time in a high-risk region in the northern part of the country.

“You cannot contain this spread,” Cuomo said. “You can slow it. You can limit it. But you can’t contain it.”

An official in Governor Cuomo’s office said the two families in the Buffalo area include 12 people. Six of them are exhibiting symptoms, and being tested for coronavirus. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz tweeted those tests are being conducted by the Erie County Department of Health. The results will be analyzed by the New York State Department of Health’s Wadsworth Lab.

The local people being tested for the virus have not been identified, and no suspected local cases have been confirmed.

This comes after at least two people in the state tested positive for the illness. They were identified as a health care worker in New York City and a man living in Westchester County.

Anyone who traveled internationally to areas of concern within the last two weeks, and feel sick with a fever, coughing or trouble breathing, should immediately seek medical care, calling a doctor ahead of a visit.

In addition to that, people experiencing these symptoms should stay home, other than to seek medical care, and avoid any more travel until the illness resolves.

More information on the coronavirus can be found here.

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