Erie County Sheriff's Office says third employee tests positive for COVID-19

Posted at 8:09 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 10:28:28-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Erie County Sheriff's Office says a third employee has tested positive for COVID-19.

Friday, March 20 the ECSO announced the first case was a line officer from the Jail Management Division.

Tuesday it was announced a second deputy assigned to the holding center tested positive for COVID-19.

Friday, March 27 ECSO said a third employee tested positive for COVID-19. The sheriff's office said this employee came in contact with one other employee and had zero contact with inmates.

In a release Tuesday the sheriff's office said the Division of Correctional Health fit-tested over 630 of the agency’s employees for Personal Protection Equipment and Sheriff Howard was seeking additional N-95 masks and gowns to maintain the safety of employees.

The sheriff's office said its current inventory is expected to last several weeks but one incident could cause them to use a large number of supplies.