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Erie County Department of Health testing people for COVID-19

Posted at 9:30 AM, Mar 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-03 23:31:13-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Erie County Department of Health says it is testing people for COVID-19, or coronavirus, in accordance with CDC guidelines.

In a press conference, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said two families in the Buffalo-area, who traveled to Northern Italy, are being tested for coronavirus.

So far, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Western New York.

As of Tuesday, there have been two confirmed cases of coronavirus in the New York State.

"You cannot contain the spread. You can slow it, you can limit it, but you can't contain it," N.Y. Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a press conference Tuesday.

According to a spokesperson for Governor Cuomo, there is a total of twelve people across the two families who are quarantined inside their homes. Six of those twelve people are showing symptoms of COVID-19 and are being tested. The other six are not showing symptoms and therefore will not be tested unless they do.

"The basic fact is 80% of people who will get it will self resolve and may not even know that they had it," Cuomo said.

The state can currently handle 200 COVID-19 tests a day, but the N.Y. State Department of Health said it's quickly working to increase that number.

The Erie County Department of Health and County Executive offices will hold a press conference on the latest in regards to coronavirus in WNY Wednesday morning at 11.