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5th positive case in Erie County; city of Erie issues state of emergency

As a fifth positive case of COVID-19 in Erie County was reported Tuesday, Erie Mayor Joe Schember issued a state of emergency for the city, effective immediately.

Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper issued a Disaster Emergency for the county March 16 in anticipation of a COVID-19 outbreak, and a stay-at-home order beginning at midnight tonight.

Schember said at cityof.erie.pa.us that “COVID-19 has created problems greater ins cope than problems the City of Erie may be able to resolve alone.”

And he said the city will need the help of state and federal agencies to assist in emergency response, thus the state of emergency declaration. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will reimburse the city for up to 75 percent of emergency costs incurred while under an emergency declaration, Schember said, adding that police, fire, ambulance and animal control services will continue as normal.

The fifth case is a person in their 30s who traveled outside Erie County recently.

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