Outbreak Reported by Erie County Comptroller within Social Services Department

Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw sent a letter on Thursday of last week to Dr. Gale Burstein, Commissioner of the Erie County DOH, asking for particulars on a reported outbreak of COVID-19 on the second floor of 460 Main Street in Buffalo. According to 211 WNY, the second floor at 460 Main Street is operated by the Erie County Department of Social Services.

After receiving no response, Mychajliw took to social media today, sharing his letter with thousands of followers:

“It has come to my attention that there has been a COVID outbreak amongst at least nine Erie County workers located at 460 Main Street, Floor 2.  Photographs show what amounts to the equivalent of crime scene/yellow caution tape that has been wrapped around outside the door of a break room frequented by workers.  The Office of Erie County Comptroller and taxpayers want to know what measures have been taken to ensure the safety of Erie County employees.

“Dr. Burstein, please answer the following questions:

  • When were you first made aware of the outbreak at 460 Main Street?
  • How long after learning of the outbreak were corrective measures taken?
  • How were workers notified of the outbreak?
  • What corrective steps were implemented, other than the previously mentioned sign and yellow caution tape?
  • Upon learning of the outbreak, were employees sent home immediately to work remotely?
  • What measures were taken to clean and sanitize the area believed to be the source of the COVID outbreak?
  • What steps were taken to ensure all workspaces at 460 Main Street were sanitized?
  • Since this is a location used primarily by Social Services, what contact tracing efforts were made to reach members of the public who may have been exposed?
  • Have the impacted employees been tested?  If so, are they in quarantine?  

“Resources have been provided by the federal government to ensure the health of the county workforce.  I look forward to hearing from you regarding this very troubling news.  Our county employees are valued and need to be protected.”

A breakroom door at 460 Main Street in Buffalo has caution tape placed on it after an outbreak of COVID-19 within Erie County DSS on the second floor.