Erie County health officials said there were 38 people confirmed to have contracted the disease. All of the people were “linked to a single source of exposure.”
“The Erie County Department of Health worked with the New York State Department of Health to expedite testing for a group of individuals, and their support allowed us to act quickly,” Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein said in a statement. “We took this approach based on our initial case investigation of several confirmed cases associated with a common site last week, which indicated the potential for a larger outbreak from this site. As we said when announcing the cluster of cases at New Zion Baptist Church in July, we will see more situations where a cluster of cases forms around a shared activity or location. The individuals with a positive test result are currently in isolation, and their close contacts have been placed in quarantine.”
An investigation into the outbreak is ongoing. The health department said the risk for community transmission from these cases is considered to be very low.
Officials did not say where the source originated unlike the outbreak that happened at New Zion Baptist Church two weeks ago where more than ten people contracted the disease. Eden Town Supervisor Melissa Hartman said the reason the location has not been announced is because contact tracers for Erie County were able to track down everyone who was involved with this scenario.
“It is not our two nursing homes,” Hartman said. “It was not an irresponsible social setting. That is the two things that I do know.”
“I think residents need to be on top of this,” she said. “Our numbers have been fairly low. We were at 34 last week and 37 right before this particular outbreak. That literally doubled our numbers.”