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Cattaraugus County declares state of emergency

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Posted at 4:16 PM, Mar 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-15 16:16:45-04

OLEAN, N.Y. (WKBW) — Cattaraugus County has declared a state of emergency amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The county says the primary purpose of the decision is to "support the Public Health director in his decision making."

According to the county, as of Sunday afternoon, there have not been any positive cases identified in Cattaraugus County. The state of emergency will also not impact travel in any way as of Sunday.

Any schools in the county that close will still have to use any available time, including snow days and vacation days. However, Cattaraugus County does recommend the dismissal of students for social distancing.

Cattaraugus County joins Erie and Niagara counties, among others, in their declarations of a state of emergency.