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Posted on: May 12, 2020

Mayor Byron W. Brown Announces Important Updates to Buffalo’s Response to COVID-19, May 12

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Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced the launch of a new map designed to help residents locate their nearest COVID-19 testing site. The map, which can be found at covid19.buffalony.gov, contains a complete list of all COVID-19 testing sites citywide as well as addresses, contact information to set up an appointment, hours of operation and whether the site requires a prescription by a doctor for testing.

Mayor Brown stated, “Testing continues to be one of the most critical resources in our fight against COVID-19. It is also a metric used by New York State to determine when we can begin to reopen. I encourage residents to use this resource and get tested if they feel they have been exposed or are experiencing symptoms. We must continue to take care of ourselves and each other during this crisis. It is why we are known as the City of Good Neighbors.”

Mayor Brown encouraged residents to visit covid19.buffalony.gov for COVID-19 related news, policies and resources in the City of Buffalo. It also includes information for small businesses, where to find free food distribution and meal sites, how to access support for older residents, help for those seeking employment, health and mental health guidance, ways people can help others through volunteering and donating.

Any additional locations to provide this vital service can be added to the map by visiting www.buffalony.gov/SubmitTestSite.


Save a life, give blood

ConnectLife says that all of the blood it collected in March has been used and over the last two weeks, the need for blood by local hospitals has increased by 20%. Mayor Brown encourages healthy, COVID-19 symptom-free residents to consider donating to help maintain an adequate blood supply. Donating is safe and social distancing precautions are in place to protect donors. To make an appointment or if you are interested in holding a blood drive, visit connectlifegiveblood.org.

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Mayor Brown provides update on the Fire and Police Departments

Mayor Brown announced today that the number of COVID-19 infection recoveries at the Buffalo Fire and Police Departments continues to improve.

  • 2 Firefighters are currently positive for the virus, and 10 others are on administrative leave as a precaution, 39 firefighters have recovered and returned to work;
  • 2 Police Officers are currently positive for the virus while 14 officers are out on administrative leave. 65 officers have recovered and returned to work.

The emergency response services provided by both Buffalo Police and Fire remain operational without any interruption in services.

 

South Park Golf Course opens Wednesday

Beginning Wednesday, May 13th, South Park Golf Course will be open to the public. The course was closed due to saturated conditions. The South Park course will operate 7 days a week, with course maintenance and closures noted on the Buffalo Olmsted Conservancy’s website.

Also, beginning on Saturday, May 16th, all City golf courses; Cazenovia Park, Delaware Park, and South Park, will begin opening tee times at 7 a.m. and running through 8 p.m. For more information visit www.bfloparks.org/golf.

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Saluting our heroes on the frontline of the COVID-19 crisis

The United States Air Force today paid tribute to healthcare workers this morning by flying planes over Western New York hospitals and medical facilities, including Erie County Medical Center, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, Buffalo General Medical Center, Sisters of Charity Hospital and the VA Western New York Healthcare System.


Mayor Brown unveils new Uncut video

Mayor Brown today announced the release of the third video in the new online series, “City of Buffalo Behind the Scenes Uncut Videos,” a collection of videos shot by City employees on their cellphones, providing residents with tips and insight on City services and ways to stay safe during the COVID-19 emergency.

The videos are posted on Mayor Brown’s Facebook page on Tuesdays  and Saturdays. The third video features Director  of Sanitation Paul Sullivan providing information on what residents should and should not do on garbage collection day. Previously released videos included information about the importance of responding to the 2020 Census and proper recycling tote placement.

For more information, “Like” @MayorByronBrown on Facebook, follow him on Instagram via @MayorByronBrown716, and on Twitter @MayorByronBrown.


Water restorations continue

The City of Buffalo is restoring service to all residents who have had their water turned off. To restore service call 847-1065 or 3-1-1.

Since March, Buffalo Water has restored water to more than 120 residences in the City of Buffalo.

Buffalo Water also offers a program that makes water bills more affordable for city residents. Qualified residents can see a reduction in their bill by 20-60%. To learn more, visit GetWaterWiseBuffalo.org

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The City of Buffalo lights up for Do Something Good For Your Neighbor Day

Tonight, in partnership with the Buffalo Landmark Illumination Team (BUFFALOLIT), our City’s landmark buildings and structures will be lit PURPLE in recognition of National Do Something Good For Your Neighbor Day, which is Saturday, May 16th. Mayor Brown encourages residents to celebrate through acts of kindness to your friends and neighbors.

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City of Buffalo to open some tennis courts Friday

Mayor Brown today announced that the City of Buffalo, in coordination with the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, will be opening up tennis courts in parks beginning Friday, May15th, while ensuring that safe social distancing measures are in place. Park staff will open 20 of the 41 existing citywide park tennis courts.

The list of parks with open tennis courts include:

JFK Park (Pine/Clinton St.) – 2 of 4 courts open Houghton Park (Spann/Casimir St.) – 1 court open

McCarthy Park (East Amherst entrance) – 1 of 2 courts open Roosevelt Park (foot of Roosevelt Ave.) – 1 court open Hennepin Park (Hennepin/Greene St.) – 2 of 4 courts open Delaware Park (Police Radio Tower) – 2 of 5 courts open Delaware Park (near Colvin Entrance) – 2 of 4 courts open Delaware Park (McMillan/Nottingham) – 3 of 8 courts open

Riverside Park (Tonawanda St.) – 1 of 2 courts open MLK Park (near Greenhouse) – 2 of 4 courts open Front Park (Busti Ave.) – 1 of 2 courts open

Cazenovia Park (Warren Spahn Way) – 2 of 4 courts open

Tennis courts are available on a first come first serve basis. The City will continue to monitor use and make changes as necessary.

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Free groceries for families in need

On Friday, May 15th, the Belle Center will be giving away bags of free groceries to families in need at 104 Maryland Street. The distribution runs from 9 am to 1 pm.


Help the City of Buffalo achieve Census success

Mayor Brown continues to encourage all City of Buffalo residents to help the City of Buffalo achieve a 100% Census response rate. As of Tuesday, May 12th, the City of Buffalo’s response rate was 46.1%. An accurate count is needed for the City to be able to tap into hundreds of millions of Federal dollars for education, infrastructure improvements, community programs and much more. To complete your questionnaire, visit 2020Census.

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