Flattening the curve stops area hospitals from being overwhelmed, Erie County Executive says


Erie County Mark Poloncarz lent some clarification to what exactly it means to “flatten the curve” during the COVID-19 pandemic.

He says flattening the curve stretches out the COVID-19 contraction rate, and the peak number of cases takes longer to achieve.

But Poloncarz tells us this will prevent hospitals from being overrun with patients.

“Flattening the curve stops our hospitals from being overwhelmed,” Poloncarz said.

Models from UB show Erie County is still weeks from hitting its peak.

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