JAMESTOWN — Leaders throughout the United States continue to express concern over the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant.
Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist is one of those officials. Sundquist spoke with WNY News Now following the City Council Work Session at City Hall Monday evening.
Sundquist explains that the city is taking the situation very seriously as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
“We are very concerned about the Delta variant as it comes through different parts of the United States. We are watching and monitoring that very closely,” Sundquist said. “In the event we need to take additional action to prevent the spread here in the City, we will definitely do so. But we are going to watch that very closely. We are going to work in conjunction with the county, the county’s health department as well as the state to make sure we are all on the same page as we deal together with the different COVID-19 variants.”
Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel previously told WNY News Now that he’s reached out to Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul’s office in an effort to reconvene the control board that he was a part of earlier in the pandemic.
Sundquist, who also was a member, says that he is open to returning to the board.
“I’m certainly available if that does come into play as a control room for COVID-19,” Wendel said. “I’m not sure where the state is going to go with the new Delta variant, but I do know we are monitoring those numbers, the metrics very closely, and we are watching to see how many additional COVID cases we are getting here in Western New York. I suspect that if we do see a continual rise in those cases, the control room will reconvene.”
WNY News Now will continue to follow the Delta variant story as it develops.