Buffalo, NY – Today, Mayor Byron W. Brown, joined by Council President Darius Pridgen, Buffalo Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash, Buffalo Fire Commissioner William Renaldo, Buffalo Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood, Deputy Commissioners Joe Gramaglia and Barbara Lark, Public Works Commissioner Michael Finn, BMHA Executive Director Gillian Brown, and Buffalo Sewer General Manager OJ McFoy announced all municipal buildings, including City Hall, will be closed to the public starting tonight at 8pm and will reduce the local government workforce by 50%. Non-essential personnel should not report to work.
“In order to prevent the spread of this disease I am closing all municipal buildings to the public starting tonight at 8pm,” said Mayor Brown. “This will help City departments and partnering agencies continue to do what is necessary to maintain public health and safety, while still providing critical services. In addition to these closures we will also reduce our reporting workforce by 50%. This applies to all Agencies, Authorities, and Departments, except for essential personnel. This situation is dynamic and rapidly evolving, but my Administration is ready to respond.”
There are 950 confirmed Coronavirus cases in New York State, with 7 deaths statewide. There are 7 individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Erie County, 2 of whom are in the City of Buffalo.
To reduce the risk of community spread of the virus, Mayor Brown announced the following, (all postponements and cancelations are until further notice):
While there have been only 7 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Erie County, Mayor Brown reinforced that public health officials at the county, state and national have concluded that the best way to contain any potential spread of COVID-19 is to limit large gatherings and practice social distancing.
City residents should continue to exercise basic precautions while going about their lives, including: regular and proper handwashing, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing.
To ensure City residents have the facts and resources they need to protect themselves from COVID-19, the City posted a number of links to health information at www.buffalony.gov.
For more information about COVID-19, including symptoms of the Coronavirus, visit the Erie County
Health Department website at www.erie.gov/health or call the State Department of Health hotline at
Food Service for Buffalo Public Schools is scheduled to begin as early as Tuesday at Community School sites. Please visit buffaloschools.org for updates of locations and times.
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