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Concerns about COVID-19 and Walden Galleria timeline

Posted at 6:39 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 18:39:55-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — One man who worries he could have come in contact with someone who tested positive for Coronavirus said he's now frustrated with Erie County's transparency. He said leaders are not offering enough information.

The 7 Eyewitness News viewer noticed he had symptoms of Coronavirus, shortness of breath and a fever two days after he visited the Walden Galleria. He later learned he was there the same say as someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Concerned, he wanted to know if he was there at the same time.

Tuesday afternoon on WBEN radio, a person claiming to be the person who tested positive said they were at the mall on the evening of March 10th. We reached back out to the county with that information, but the health department said the county does not know when the person was there.

Nevertheless, the Erie County Health Commissioner said while knowing a time may be helpful, it does not rule out the possibility of being exposed.

"Does it really matter because we all know that probably any mall has people walking around, who are infected with COVID-19, or any place that we go where there are a large number of people that are positive with COVID-19," said Burstein.

Erie County has provided flight numbers, train numbers, or specific times for all of the other positive cases.

Burstein emphasized that just because a place isn't listed, it doesn't mean there were no cases of COVID-19. She added, especially with what's believed to be the first case of community spread.