COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) Information for Town Residents and Businesses 

  • Updated 3/24/20:

*ALL TOWN OF TONAWANDA FACILITIES ARE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC*
Essential services will remain intact; Police, paramedics, water and sewer, sanitation and recycling

Supervisor Emminger's Message to the Public Regarding COVID-19

Erie County Coronavirus Information Site

New York State Dept. of Health Coronavirus Information Site

Federal Government Coronavirus Information

CDC – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information Site

CDC - Resources for Home

CDC – Get Your Home Ready

CDC – Traveler Guidance

ANNOUNCEMENT: The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) federal disaster loan program has been approved for all counties in NYS and is available for applications.  Low-interest loans for working capital are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture businesses and most private non-profit organizations suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout New York State.

Information on the program, how to apply, and a webinar can be found on ESD’s website located here: https://esd.ny.gov/resource-guide-covid-19-sba-disaster-loans.

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IMPORTANT: NYS Department of Labor offering Saturday hours (7:30am – 8:00pm) for telephone filing of unemployment insurance claims. For more information go to ny.labor.gov  Towards the top you will see a link for “Unemployment Insurance”, click that on and you will see helpful information.

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  pdf Change of Town Services Press Release (207 KB)
  pdf State of Emergency Press Release (473 KB)
  pdf State of Emergency Declaration (56 KB)

St. Amelia's will be handing out FREE meals to those 18 and under, and $4 for adults, 11am - 1pm, M-F

St. Amelia Meal Program

Town Court Sessions will be CANCELLED until further notice. If you have an upcoming matter with the courts, you will be receiving a letter of adjournment in the coming weeks. For more information CLICK HERE

The Town Clerk's Office is closed to the public, but will be accepting business by mail, online, and by the Municipal Building drobox, CLICK HERE for details

 

PAID SICK LEAVE DURING COVID19 PANDEMIC

The Legislature and Governor have come to an agreement on paid sick leave related to the COVID-19 epidemic. The proposal will require that:

  •         Employers with 10 or fewer employees and a net income less than $1 million will provide job protection for the duration of the quarantine order and guarantee their workers access to Paid Family Leave and disability benefits (short-term disability) for the period of quarantine including wage replacement for their salaries up to $150,000.
  •         Employers with 11 - 99 employees and employers with 10 or fewer employees and a net income greater than $1 million will provide at least 5 days of paid sick leave, job protection for the duration of the quarantine order, and guarantee their workers access to Paid Family Leave and disability benefits (short-term disability) for the period of quarantine including wage replacement for their salaries up to $150,000.
  •         Employers with 100 or more employees, as well as all public employers (regardless of number of employees), will provide at least 14 days of paid sick leave and guarantee job protection for the duration of the quarantine order. 

The provisions of the quarantine legislation are set to take effect immediately upon passage, ensuring that New York workers will be able to take advantage of these benefits. A broader, permanent paid sick leave is expected to be adopted in the state budget.

 

Ken-Ton School District:

***IMPORTANT COVID-19 INFORMATION***

Kenmore West High School was just notified that a student who had visited the building on Tuesday, March 17 between 10:42 and 10:48 a.m. in order to retrieve items is employed at a location where a customer tested positive for coronavirus. This student has since become symptomatic and is currently in quarantine and will be tested within the next few days. Out of an abundance of caution, Kenmore West High School is closed and will no longer be accessible for the purposes of retrieving items.

 

Breakfast/Lunch Information

*Please bring a bag to assist you in transporting your meals.*

Breakfast/lunch will be available for pick-up at the Sheridan Parkside Youth Center and the Northtowns Boys and Girls Club beginning Friday, March 20. Breakfast/lunch is also available for any students age 18 and under at St. Amelia's beginning Thursday, March 19.

In light of the school closings due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, Ken-Ton UFSD is committed to providing meals for their students. Many of their families rely on District food services to feed their children and with school operations suspended, the District will offer free breakfast and lunch to all Ken-Ton UFSD resident students that are 18 years of age or younger.

Their Food Service staff will be offering grab and go breakfast (to be consumed the following morning) and lunch (to be consumed that day) at Holmes Elementary, Hoover Elementary and Franklin Elementary buildings from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm each day our schools are closed. Each building’s loading dock near the cafeteria has been designated as a pickup zone for families. Breakfast offerings include cereal, cereal bars, juice and milk while lunch will consist of milk, sandwiches, subs and fresh fruit/vegetables. Any family member is eligible to pick up the meals at their preferred location.

 Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact the KTSD Food Service Department at 716-874-8400 ext. 20404. 

The Town of Tonawanda is continuing to monitor developments related to COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) and to follow the guidance of Erie County, New York State and Federal health authorities.

 

Blue Cross Blue Shield Message to its members, including the use of telemedicine 

Additional guidance will be provided as information becomes available. In the interim, there are simple steps everyone can take to minimize the risk of infection for all repertory illnesses including COVID-19:

  • Wash hands often with an antibacterial soap for a minimum of 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and then throw it in the trash.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if exhibiting cold- or flu-like symptoms.
  • Clean and disinfect any surface or object that is frequently touched (such as tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles).

The Town is in the process of developing a comprehensive response plan. More communication on this will follow.

The Town’s highest priority is the health and safety of those living and working in our community. In addition to further communication from the Town, the following websites are recommended to visit for more information and guidance: