Public Health Director Daniel Stapleton connected with residents of Niagara County via webcam this evening bringing us the latest on COVID-19.
He took time to address why contact tracing is no longer a viable way to fight this virus, stating,
“We will no longer be doing full-scale contact tracing, as it has little to no clinical value at this point.” He added that contact tracing “Does not make sense in a pandemic, and it’s taking away from other critical functions we have.”
Additionally, Stapleton explained frustration in the State Government’s underwhelming response in getting western New York the supplies we need.
“If we had more testing available, we would have more positive cases. We simply cannot get those supplies,” Stapleton stated on the low number of positive COVID-19 cases being tallied in Niagara County. He explained, “Limited supplies are going to what is known as ‘hot zones’ in the New York City area.”
Lastly, Stapleton said, “Medical are working non-stop to solve this dilemma of inadequate testing,” adding that the best way to avoid contracting COVID-19 during this time is to “simply stay home.”