Wydysh and Stapleton Give Niagara County Update, Over 20,000 Tests Administered So Far – (Heat Map with Breakdown Chart Attached)

Discussing the sheer amount of testing recently taken place in Niagara County over the last few weeks, Niagara County’s Public Health Director Dan Stapleton said, “It allows us to make evidence-based, informed decisions.  It allows me to make recommendations to the legislature about changes, or things we want to do differently or stay the same.”

Stapleton added, “The fact that we have a 5.1% infection rate versus the state’s average, which is more than double that, shows us we are going in the right direction.”

He noted that positives will continue to rise, but that’s not the key figure to watch, noting, “As testing goes up, we expect to see positive tests going up as well, but it’s the infection rate percentage which is the key number we need in order to make decisions on whether we are doing things right.”  Stapleton added, “All things we are looking at right now, it shows we are doing the right things.”

Niagara’s Chairman Wydysh requested Stapleton’s thoughts on other states experiencing early resurgences of the virus.  On the contrast for New York State and specifically Niagara County, he remarked, “Local leaders, healthcare workers, the first responders and the public are all taking these guidance’s very seriously, so we don’t have to go in a backward direction.”

Niagara County Update Today, June 15, 2020

The Niagara County Department of Health issued the following update on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County: 

  • 13 new positive cases (since Friday a.m.)
  • Total of 1190 positives to date (isolations + recoveries + deaths)
  • 167 active cases (164 isolating at home, 3 in hospital)
  • 945 recovered
  • 78 deaths (no change)
  • 20,842 people tested (source: https://covid19tracker.health.ny.gov/)