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Erie County Department of Health clinic on William Street closed due to bomb threat

Posted at 10:02 AM, May 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-18 12:27:17-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Erie County Department of Health clinic at 608 William Street will be closed Wednesday due to a bomb threat.

In an update provided just before 11 a.m. Wednesday, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said a nurse found a note that stated there was a bomb in the building. Emergency personnel was notified, the building was evacuated and employees were sent home.

Poloncarz said the building has been swept and no evidence of a bomb or any other device was found. The building has since been cleared but the clinic will remain closed Wednesday, officials expect it to reopen Thursday. ECDOH said those seeking COVID-19 testing can call 716-858-2929 for information on the test site in Cheektowaga.

"Our community is on edge, our community is hurting, this is not funny. The individual who did this is going to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," said Poloncarz.

Erie County Legislators April N. M. Baskin and Howard Johnson also addressed the media.

"I'm saddened for my community yet again today, I'm saddened for Erie County, I'm saddened for all of the hate that is continuously being inflicted upon the residents on the East Side of Buffalo and I'm working very hard with my colleagues in government to put a stop to this," said Baskin.

"Our community is suffering, we're trying to unite as a community and come together and I plead today and ask you guys to stop. I'm really pissed off right about now and just don't have anything more to say to this just to ask those who are making these veiled threats to stop," said Johnson.

You can watch the full update from Poloncarz below.