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Erie County Health Department responds to 2,000 complaints to date

Posted at 7:19 PM, Aug 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 19:19:46-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Erie County Health Department says it's complaint hot line is very busy.

Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein says to date since restaurants and bars re-opened, the Department of Health has responded to about 2,000 complaints from county residents. Since August 1, there have been 84 complaints.

"They've been very very busy," she said of Erie County Health Department workers.

Any other type of complaint other than a bar/restaurant complaint can be logged with New York State PAUSE at 833-789-0470.

Inspections and COVID-19 related violations and closures can be found on Erie County's Health Space website here.

In other COVID-19 related news in Erie County, County Executive Mark Poloncarz says there have been about 20,000 people tested in Erie County within the first week of August and the infection rates are less than 1%.

With respect to the Blue Jays playing Major League Baseball in Buffalo, health officials in Erie County say they have been working with the MLB and feel confident about the MLB's plans moving forward. Burstein says the players will go directly from their private flights to their hotels, and then to playing the game. Hotels are following all protocols. The MLB has assured members of the Erie County Department of Health that players will not be out and about in Erie County.

County Executive Poloncarz also says he is working with the state to try to re-open bowling alleys, which have been closed since mid March.