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Erie County Executive signs emergency order, proves update on COVID-19

Posted at 11:20 PM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 23:20:46-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said social distancing has been working in reducing the number of cases.

Poloncarz said as of Tuesday, 127 people were hospitalized, 55 of them in the ICU.

"We did have a slight slowdown in the doubling of cases. They were going from every two days to now every three days," he said.

Poloncarz also signed an emergency order stating that all workers who are sick must stay home.

Any member of the public who tries to enter a county building will be denied access if they appear sick.

And supervisors will be able to send home any employee who appears sick.

In addition, parents who are essential workers and need child care can visit www.wnychildren.org to find child care.

"They can place you with a child care provider, and if you are a child care provider it has open spots we are asking you to fill out too, so we can find child care for individuals who need it across our community," said Poloncarz.