Niagara County Health Department Confirms Five New COVID-19 Cases; Brings Total to 19

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By: Staff

The Niagara County Health Department has confirmed FIVE additional individuals tested positive for COVID-19 in the County. Although Niagara County is not releasing tracing information for each of the individuals, they have confirmed where each person lives:

-1 in Lockport

-1 in the Town of Lockport

-1 in Newfane

-1 in North Tonawanda

-1 in Wheatfield

The Niagara County Health Department released a statement earlier this week that they will “no longer be doing full-scale community contact tracing as it has little to no clinical value at this point,” said Health Director Daniel Stapleton.

He continued, stating, “as every health and government officials has repeatedly said, act is if the virus is everywhere because it probably is. A few months ago, we had a hepatitis outbreak at a local restaurant.  Contact tracing – letting people know if you ate this restaurant at this date and time please get tested – made sense.  It does not make sense in a pandemic and it’s taking time away from other critical functions.”

As of today, Niagara County Health officials are working under the assumption that the virus is everywhere.

 

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