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Erie County declares state of emergency, schools closed to students

Posted: 11:52 AM, Mar 15, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-16 11:00:21-04
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ERIE COUNTY (WKBW) — Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz declared a state of emergency for the county Sunday.

Poloncarz is ordering all schools in Erie County close to students Monday March 16th. Staff should still report.

“Today I am declaring a state of emergency to be in effect following the first confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our community. In addition, I will be asking the legislature to approve an allocation of $5 million in rollover funding from the 2019 surplus to be dedicated to costs associated with the COVID-19 emergency,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. “I am also ordering that all schools in Erie County be closed tomorrow, Monday March 16 2020. However, teachers and administrative staff should report unless otherwise directed by their superintendents.”

Later in the afternoon it was announced all Erie County schools will be closed until April 20th.

Below you can find multiple resources should you have any questions or concerns regarding COVID-19.

  • Erie County Department of Health, COVID-19 Information Line: (716) 858-2929 (M-F, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
  • New York State Department of Health Coronavirus Hotline: 1-888-364-3065