Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced that he has extended the State of Emergency Declaration for the City of Buffalo to June 15th as local government continues responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Mayor first declared a State of Emergency for the City on March 15th and last renewed the declaration on April 15th. The Emergency Declaration allows the City to access federal and state resources, grants Departments greater flexibility as they respond to residents’ needs and continue efforts to maintain public health and safety.
Mayor Brown stated, “The unprecedented nature of this constantly-evolving pandemic has continued to have an impact on our City, but my Administration is committed to meeting these new challenges in the creative and effective manner it has been since the beginning. I continue to ask residents to wear masks whenever they are out of their homes and maintain physical distancing as we all do our part to end community spread of this deadly virus and put us on a path to phased-in reopening. We must stay together to remain Buffalo strong.”
Mayor Brown today announced that the Buffalo Fire Department has reached a major benchmark in the number of COVID-19 infections. As of Friday, May 15th, only 1 firefighter is currently positive the virus. 9 others are currently out on administrative leave while 41 firefighters have recovered and returned to work.
At the Buffalo Police Department, 2 Officers are currently positive for the virus while 15 others are out on administrative leave. 64 officers have recovered and returned to work.
The emergency response services provided by both the Buffalo Police and Fire Departments remain operational without any interruption in services.
Mayor Brown thanked Mac’s on Hertel, located at 1435 Hertel Avenue, for providing 500 bottles of industrial sanitizer to the City of Buffalo which will be used in City buildings throughout our community to keep residents and visitors safe.
Mayor Brown stated, “The outpouring of support for City residents during this crisis has been nothing short of awe- inspiring. I thank all of our generous businesses, including Mac’s on Hertel, for caring about the well-being of our City and for helping my Administration protect the most vulnerable members of our community. We are truly the City of Good Neighbors.”
The Census response rate for the City of Buffalo continues to slowly climb, the response rate as of Friday, May 15th, is 46.9%, but Mayor Brown is aiming for 100% participation. An accurate count is essential to allowing the City to access hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid that fund infrastructure improvements, education, critical community programming and much more. Complete your questionnaire today at 2020Census.gov.
ConnectLife says one pint of blood can save up to three lives. Mayor Brown is asking healthy residents to donate blood to help maintain an adequate local blood supply. Donating is safe and social distancing measures are in place to protect donors. To make an appointment or if you are interested in holding a blood drive, visit connectlifegiveblood.org.
If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or are interested in getting tested, find the closest test site near you by visiting covid19.buffalony.gov. The map contains a complete listing of all COVID-19 testing sites, with addresses, which are located throughout the City, contact information for setting up an appointment, hours of operation and whether the site requires a prescription by a doctor for testing. Additional locations to provide this vital service can be added to this resource by visiting www.buffalony.gov/SubmitTestSite.
Mayor Brown today announced the release of the fourth 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 insights 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 fourth video features Director of Sanitation Paul Sullivan explaining to residents what happens to their garbage after it is put to the curb.
For more information, “Like” @MayorByronBrown on Facebook, follow him on Instagram via @MayorByronBrown716, and on Twitter @MayorByronBrown.
With the arrival of warmer temperatures, Mayor Brown continues to urge residents to get outside and safely enjoy the City’s many great parks. The City of Buffalo’s “Walking Parks and Trails” is the ultimate guide, providing maps of 25 different walking, jogging and cycling paths residents can utilize for exercise and recreation. The guide was produced in partnership with the Olmsted Parks Conservancy and the Tifft Nature Preserve to give people more options for passive outdoor activities as they continue to maintain safe physical distancing while they engage in their exercise routines. The free guide is available at: www.buffalony.gov.