Niagara County reports first coronavirus death

143 confirmed cases of coronavirus

Mike Baggerman
April 07, 2020 - 11:19 am

Maid of the Mist. September 8, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

NIAGARA COUNTY, N.Y. (WBEN) – A 58-year-old man is the first person to die in Niagara County due to coronavirus.

Niagara County officials confirmed the death on Tuesday afternoon. The man had no underlying health conditions

“We offer our condolences to the family and we want them to know our whole community stands with them in their time of grief,”  Daniel J. Stapleton, Niagara County Public Health Director, said in a statement. "This pandemic has claimed many lives across our state, country and world and each one is a reminder that we must all do our part to bring the COVID-19 crisis to an end. Community spread is still occurring and it is important for our residents to stay home, wash their hands and maintain a six foot distance from others. You are not only protecting your own health, you are protecting the health of others.”

WATCH: Niagara County's daily coronavirus update (Via YouTube)

Chairwoman Rebecca Wydysh acknowledged the death of the man in her daily update.

"All of Niagara County sends our condolences and our prayers to his friends and family in this time of grief," Wydysh said. "We have seen COVID-related deaths across the state, country and world but when we someone from our own community is lost, it really hits home. To the family, please know that we all stand beside you in your time of grief. We're here with you with our thoughts and prayers."

Wydysh reminded the public that nobody is immune to this virus and that everybody is susceptible to contract coronavirus.

143 people in Niagara County are confirmed to have coronavirus as of Tuesday morning. Of those total numbers, 41 have recovered and 16 are currently in the hospital.

The City of Niagara Falls has the most residents with a case at 37. The Town of Wheatfield has the second most confirmed cases at 28.

Among the new cases of coronavirus is a corrections officer at the Niagara County Correctional Facility. The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office said that officer has been at home for the past two weeks. This was the first employee within their office diagnosed with COVID-19.

“The safety and health of our staff and inmates is my number one priority,” Acting Niagara County Sheriff Michael Filicetti said. “I am thankful that our officer is recovering from this virus, and our staff remains diligent in trying to prevent COVID-19 from entering the Niagara County Correctional Facility.”

Wydysh was joined on Wednesday by Niagara County District Attorney Caroline Wojtaszek who discussed the role her office is playing in curbing domestic violence. Wojtaszek said that there is about 100 more instances of domestic violence from January to April this year compared to the same timeframe last year.

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