53% of new cases last week were between 20-39 years old,
compared to 30% for all confirmed cases

ERIE COUNTY, NY— The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is reporting a noticeable increase in the percentage of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases among the 20-29 year old and 30-39 year old age groups.
COVID-19 diagnostic tests for Erie County residents have maintained a weekly positivity rate of under 1.5% since early June. Yet within that data, the increasing percentage of younger adults testing positive is
concerning to County officials.

“For all confirmed cases, the percentage of individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 who in their 20s and 30s is about 30%,” said Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein. “However, for last week’s
data, 54% of new cases – more than half – are seen in those age groups, with nearly one-third of all new cases being in the 20 to 29 age category.” We are also seeing more young adults who are hospitalized.
“Younger adults may be less likely to have severe symptoms, and more likely to go out to crowded locations and large gatherings where one infected person could unknowingly spread COVID-19 to dozens
of others,” continued Dr. Burstein. “That’s a dangerous combination.”
“If this trend continues, it could have dire impacts on our positivity rates and hospitalization numbers, and affect our ability to stay in Phase 4 of NY Forward and open schools,” said County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. “Younger adults are not invincible and could pass on the disease to others who are more at- risk for being hospitalized or even dying from contracting COVID-19. COVID-19 is still in our community, and we all have a responsibility to protect ourselves and each other from this disease.”

Confirmed new COVID-19 cases by age group for the week ending July 11, 2020:

All Erie County residents should:
• Wear a mask when you can’t maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet
• Wash your hands frequently with soap and running water
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects
• Avoid large gatherings
• Avoid travel to states listed in the NYS Joint Travel Advisory; if travel is unavoidable, quarantine
for 14 days upon returning to New York
• Stay home if you feel ill
• Consider a diagnostic COVID-19 test. These are available at no cost through ECDOH. Call (716) 858-2929 to schedule, or visit for a location near you. ECDOH recommends a diagnostic test for anyone who feels they are at risk for COVID-19, those with a recent travel history to states with a high level of community transmission, close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases, and people who have COVID-19 symptoms.


Erie County Department of Health COVID-19 Information Line – Schedule a Diagnostic Test: (716) 858-2929
Erie County Department of Health, COVID-19 test sites:
Erie County Department of Health, COVID-19 data and map:

Newstead Town Board Agenda July 13, 2020

Newstead Town Board

July 13, 2020

6:30 p.m. Work Session
7:10 p.m. Public Hearing – Site Plan – 11167 Main Road – (4) Storage Buildings
7:15 p.m. Public Hearing – Local Law # 1 – No Parking
7:20 p.m. Public Hearing – Site Plan – 6 lot Subdivision – Havens Road
7:25 p.m. Public Hearing – Unsafe Building – 6801 Maple Road

  1. Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Pledge to the Flag
  4. Approval of Minutes for Regular Meeting 6/22/20
  5. Agenda Changes
  6. Communications – Work Session –
  7. Agenda item questions * See Note
  8. Approval of Bills – Budget Transfers
  9. Committee and Department Head Reports
    A. Highway
    B. Assessor
    C. Code Enforcement / Building Dept.
    D. Town Clerk
    E. Town Attorney
    F. Councilman
    Jendrowski Dugan Burke
    G. Supervisor –
  10. Unfinished Business
    A. Buildings
    B. Planning
    C. Water/Sewer
    D. Grants
  11. New Business
    A. Resolution – Local Law # 1
    B. Resolution – Havens Road Subdivision and Neg. Dec.
    C. Resolution – 11167 Main Road and Neg. Dec.
    D. Motion –
  12. Privilege of the Floor or Question Period * See note
  13. Adjournment

Work Session: 6:30 p.m. –

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Newstead Town Board Meeting- June 22, 2020

A regular meeting was called to order by the Newstead Town Board on Monday, June 22, 2020 at
7:26pm at the Newstead Town Hall.
Present: David Cummings- Supervisor
Edmund Burke- Councilman
John Jendrowski- Councilman
Joseph Dugan- Councilman
Brendan Neill- Town Attorney
Emily Janicz- Assistant Town Attorney
Michael Bassanello- Highway Supt.
Scott Rybarczyk- Town Engineer
Jennifer Herberger – Deputy Town Clerk
Roll Call was taken with all board members present.
Scott Rybarczyk led the pledge to the flag.
Minutes from the regular meeting held on June 8, 2020 were presented for approval. A motion was
made by Councilman Dugan, seconded by Councilman Burke to approve as presented.

Agenda Changes – a motion was made by Councilman Jendrowski, seconded by Councilman Burke
to make the following agenda changes: remove the Solar Legal Notice Request and financial statement motions and add a lateral restriction request on Hunts Corners Road and a motion to cancel the June 29th work session. Carried
Communications – The Clerk presented the following correspondence:
Notices were received from Charter Communications announcing programming changes coming in July.
A notice from NYS Department of Taxation & Finance notifying the Town that it’s final equalization rate for 2020 will be 100%.
A notice from Erie County Department of Public Works notifying the town that South Newstead Rd will be closed daily from June 22-June 26th from 8am-4pm to replace 4 cross culverts.
A Notice of Intent to Construct a Solar Energy System on Hunts Corners Rd was received from DG New York CS, LLC
A letter was received from resident Allan Kidder concerning an issue that has come up regarding the St. Teresa’s Quilting Ministry at the Wright Center, along with other supporting materials.
A motion was made by Councilman Jendrowski, seconded by Councilman Dugan to accept and file the presented correspondence. Carried
Work Session: The Supervisor reported no work session was held last week but the following items were discussed prior to tonight’s meeting: water & sewer project updates, planning item updates,
building issue updates, grant updates, plus any other items brought before the Board.
Agenda Items Question Period: no one spoke
Budget transfers: a motion was made by Councilman Dugan, seconded by Councilman Jendrowski to approve the budget transfer(s) as presented in a memo from Bookkeeper Colleen Salmon dated 6/22/20. Carried
Approval of Bills – Councilman Burke reported that the Abstract(s) from Batch(es) #2044 have
been reviewed with the previously un-audited vouchers and everything was found in order. He

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