State Sen. Jim Tedisco on Friday urged state health officials and Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office to publicly release any data on the potential spread of COVID-19 after this weekend's Buffalo Bills playoff game.
New York, in a deal brokered with the team, is allowing 6,700 people to attend the game. All fans in attendance will have COVID-19 rapid tests conducted prior to the game, masks must be worn at all times inside Bills Stadium and social distancing rules will be in force.
But Tedisco is worried the rapid tests may not catch all COVID-19 cases, as the pandemic continues across the state and country.
“As we know, testing is imperative in battling the COVID virus. But we know that no test is 100% effective," he said. "That’s why we need to know the impact of the virus on those who attended, as the last thing we want is the mother of all sports super-spreader events on our hands.”
Tedisco in a letter to Cuomo and State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker pointed to the discovery of a variant of the virus first found in the United Kingdom in Saratoga Springs that is considered more contagious.
“The need for this transparency has become even more essential given the spread of the UK strain of COVID-19, which was found in Saratoga County, which I represent," Tedisco said. "This information has to be made public and in a timely manner."
Cuomo himself has bowed out of attending the game as his State of the State address is being given on Monday; protesters had planned to demonstrate at the game.