Wyoming County declared a state of emergency late Wednesday afternoon as COVID-19 cases surge across the region and strains are put on local health care systems. 

The county is reporting nearly 60 cases per every 100,000 people.

“There has been an increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases in residents throughout the county, placing significant strains on the Wyoming County Community Health System,” Chairwoman of the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors Rebecca Ryan said in a statement. “The purpose of this State of Emergency is to assist in the procurement of goods and services and to render all required and available assistance to the Wyoming County Community Health System, County Health Department, municipalities and school districts that is vital to the security, well-being, and health and safety of the citizens of Wyoming County.”

The county says the state of emergency will remain in effect for no more than 30 days, and may be extended for additional periods not exceeding 30 days.