BUFFALO – Western New York is one step closer to reopening after meeting 6 of the 7 guidelines on Sunday.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the region is one step closer to phase one of the process after meeting all hospitalization metrics.
The governor says more contact tracers are needed to reopen and he is working with local leaders to meet that goal.
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says the names of 291 employees have been provided to New York State to be trained as contact tracers.
“Per the 30 contact tracers for every 100,000 residents we would need 276 contact tracers for Erie County,” explained Poloncarz in a tweet. “So our 291 identified employees is greater than our allotment, but if we have to do more to meet all of WNY’s counties requirements we will. I guarantee it.”
On Friday, officials in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany County announced they are seeking to reopen as a sub-region, separate from the Buffalo Metro area.
Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel says Chautauqua County meets all seven of the state’s reopening requirement metrics, when judged independently.
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