OLEAN, NY — Mayor William J. Aiello has been participating in daily calls conference calls with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s office about the Coronavirus since March 5 and will continue to do so until the calls are no longer necessary, according to a news release issued by the mayor’s office Friday.

In addition, the city has created a contingency plan if the municipal staff is exposed to the virus and has to quarantine. According to the release, the city will be able to maintain essential services if staff is exposed to the virus.

Aiello also has been in communication with Dr. Kevin Watkins, public health director for Cattaraugus County, and Catherine Mackay, director of the county's Department of Aging, on ways to minimize the possible spread of the virus in the City of Olean. 

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The city will notify residents of any changes in scheduling at its facilities via press releases, social media, radio and its website www.cityofolean.org.

“I cannot stress the importance of good hygiene such as keeping hands clean and away from the face, foregoing handshaking, covering coughs and sneezes, and disinfecting surfaces,” Aiello said.  “It is the best defense we have at this point against this virus and is very effective."

The mayor noted that he believes "knowledge is power" and that he asks local residents to visit the websites of the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) and the New York State website (www.ny.gov) for the most up-to-the-date information on the virus, how to minimize its spread and for the latest on New York State guidelines.

“I also ask Olean residents to be calm and to face the threat of this virus wisely," Aiello added. "If you feel you have been exposed or have symptoms of COVID-19, please limit your exposure to other people, stay home from work, and call your physician before going to the emergency room or doctor’s office. It is important that we all work together to protect both our health care workers and our population that is vulnerable to the more severe effects of the COVID-19 virus.”

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