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Niagara County declares state of emergency

Niagara Co. schools closed until further notice
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Posted at 2:04 PM, Mar 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-15 19:07:02-04

NIAGARA COUNTY, N.Y. (WKBW) — Niagara County leaders have declared a state of emergency.

There are still no positive cases in that county.

All schools will be closed starting Monday, March 16 until further notice. It's unclear whether or not staff and teachers will have to go in, that's up to each district to decide. Schools are working on providing meals for students in need, it's expected to be set up by Tuesday.

"Stay home and don't get spread the disease and don't get exposed to the disease. That's why we're telling people, it's not a playdate, it's not an opportunity to get the family together," said Daniel Stapleton, Director of Public Health.

County buildings will remain open, as will the Sheriff's office. There will be no inmate visitations at the county jail. You can still call inmates at a lower rate starting Tuesday.

Officials are once again stressing the importance of social distancing.

The county does have a 24-hour crisis hotline for people needing assistance: 716-285-3515. If you have questions about COVID-19 you can call the state information hotline: 888-364-3065.

More info to follow.

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