51,248 cases of COVID-19 reported in Erie County

Coronavirus

Tuesday, Jan. 19

There are 51,248 COVID-19 cases and there have been 1,393 deaths, with 120 coming in 2021.

Erie County officials announced the seven-day positivity rate is 5.7%

As of January 17, there are 504 COVID-19 patients in WNY, with 88 in the ICU.

Officials say there are 385 patients in hospitals the county, with 80 in the ICU and 58 on airway assit.

According to the ECDOH, there’s 9 new deaths to announce and 33% of patients are 64 and under.

Monday, Jan. 18

50,785 cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Erie County.

Thursday, Jan. 14

49,751 cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Erie County, and the death toll is now 1,333.

The county has identified 732 new cases.

Erie County’s seven-day average positivity rate is 5.9%, as of January 14.

Tuesday, Jan. 12

47,575 cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Erie County, and the death toll is now 1,333. 64 of those deaths have occurred this year.

Erie County’s seven-day average positivity rate is 6.7 percent, as of January 10.

As of this past Sunday, there were 494 COVID-19 patients in western New York hospitals. 381 were in Erie County hospitals.

Saturday, Jan. 9

46,463 cases of COVID-19 have been found in Erie County. The death toll is now 1,297.

Thursday, Jan. 7

44,191 cases of COVID-19 have been found in Erie County.

During a conference Thursday afternoon, officials announced that 852 new cases were identified on Wednesday. That is the highest daily total that the county has seen.

Monday, Jan. 4

42,731 cases of COVID-19 have been found in Erie County. 1,199 deaths have been reported.

The county’s latest seven-day average positivity rate has risen from 6.2 percent to seven percent.

Today and tomorrow, roughly 1,500 healthcare workers will receive their first dose of the Moderna vaccine.

Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein says COVID-19 vaccines will not be available to the general public until spring or summer.

Sunday, Jan. 3

41,720 cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Erie County.

Friday, Jan. 1

41,105 cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Erie County.

Thursday, Dec. 31

As of Dec. 29, 424 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized in Erie County. 319 people have died from COVID-19 in Erie County in December- a total of 1,199 deaths.

Wednesday, Dec. 30

39,923 cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Erie County.

Monday, Dec. 28

39,266 cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Erie County, and 1,131 deaths have been reported.

County Executive Mark Poloncarz says for the fourth straight week, the positivity rate in the county has gone down.

Friday, Dec. 25

38,098 cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Erie County since the start of the pandemic.

Monday, Dec. 21

36,235 cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Erie County, as of this past Saturday. The death toll is now 1,061, as of December 18.

The county’s seven-day average positivity rate is six percent.

As of December 19, 391 people were being treated for COVID-19 in Erie County hospitals. 81 were receiving intensive care.

41 percent of patients in Erie County were 64 years old or younger.

On Monday, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced that week-to-week, there was a 10 percent decline in new cases.

Wednesday, Dec. 16

33,694 cases of COVID-19 have been found in Erie County.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says that as of Monday, 74.6 percent of all hospital beds in the county were occupied. A little more than half (50.75 percent) of the ICU beds were occupied.

Data from that day listed 421 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, 85 of whom were in the ICU. 38 percent of patients were 64 or younger.

Six people died.

Monday, Dec. 14

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein provided an update on cases of COVID-19 on Monday afternoon.

32,941 cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the county. The county’s seven-day average positivity rate is 6.4 percent.

The death toll is now 976, as of Dec. 12.

434 COVID-19 patients are in Erie County hospitals. The county’s total hospital bed capacity is 76.7 percent.

Initial doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are being delivered to hospital systems on Monday and Tuesday.

Friday, Dec. 11

The number of cases identified in Erie County has risen to 31,451.

Thursday, Dec. 10

The number of cases identified in Erie County has risen to 30,704. The death toll is now 925.

Wednesday, Dec. 9

30,081 cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Erie County. The death toll is still 902, according to the latest data.

Monday, Dec. 7

29,331 cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Erie County. The death toll is now 902.

Lancaster, West Seneca and Hamburg still have the highest number of new cases by ZIP code.

On Monday afternoon, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced that Robert Rich, III and John Dandes have been chosen to lead Erie County’s COVID Vaccine Task Force.

Poloncarz says the growth in hospitalizations is “slow.” Local hospitals still have 28 percent of beds available. Half of the ICU beds are available.

Friday, Dec. 4

27,428 people have tested positive for COVID-19. The death toll is still 869.

As of December 2, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says 78 percent of hospital beds in the county were occupied.

Erie County had its highest daily number of new cases this past Wednesday, at 771. The county’s seven-day average positivity rate is 7.7 percent.

This past week, 20 percent of people with symptoms of COVID-19 tested positive for it in Erie County, County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein says.

Dr. Burstein also spoke about elective surgeries during Friday afternoon’s conference, noting that although they’ve been suspended at hospitals throughout the county, they still may take place at independent ambulatory centers.

The Health Commissioner reminded residents that it’s not too late to get a flu vaccine, and that it’s recommended for anyone who’s at least six months old.

Thursday, Dec. 3

26,679 people have tested positive for COVID-19. The death toll has jumped to 869.

Wednesday, Dec. 2

26,159 people have tested positive for COVID-19. The death toll is still 803.

Wales had the highest positivity rate in the county last week.

Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein says four public school districts and three private schools have indicated they will use Erie County’s LSL to conduct COVID-19 testing.

Monday, Nov. 30

25,479 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Erie County. The death toll is 803.

The highest rates of infection were found in West Seneca, Hamburg and Lancaster.

Saturday, Nov. 28

New cases of COVID-19 total 500. That number is out of 6,029 diagnostic tests reported.

This puts the county at a daily positivity rate of 8.3%.

He also reports the county has reached a 7-day positivity rate average of 7.1%.

COVID-19 cases total 25,021 across Erie County.

Friday, Nov. 27

New cases of COVID-19 total 462. That number is out of 8,327 diagnostic reports.

This puts the county at a daily positivity rate of 5.5%.

He also reports the county has reached a 7-day positivity rate average of 7.0%.

COVID-19 cases total 24,543 across Erie County.

Thursday, Nov. 26 (Updated)

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz released county COVID-19 numbers from Thanksgiving.

Poloncarz says on November 26, new cases of COVID-19 total 622. That number is out of 6,256 diagnostic reports.

This puts the county at a daily positivity rate of 9.9%.

He also reports the county has reached a 7-day positivity rate average of 7.1%.

COVID-19 cases total 24,092 across Erie County.

The County Executive reports 24 county residents died this week. Totaling 795 deaths as of November 26.

Thursday, Nov. 26

22,791 people have tested positive for COVID-19, as of Thursday morning. The death toll is still 771.

Wednesday, Nov. 25

22,279 people have tested positive for COVID-19, as of Wednesday afternoon. The death toll is still 771.

Tuesday, Nov. 24

As of Tuesday morning, the number of cases has increased to 21,680. 771 people have died.

Monday, Nov. 23

On Monday, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced that he would be joining Democratic and Republican county colleagues from New York, Kentucky and Georgia on a national call.

During the call, they discussed actions they’re taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the need for federal help and how issues regarding the pandemic aren’t political in nature.

Cases in Erie County have reached 21,314, as of Monday afternoon. 771 people have died.

According to Poloncarz, 37 percent of all cases found in Erie County have been recorded this month.

The number of hospitalizations more than doubled from November 15-21, going from 104 to 226.

The seven-day average for COVID-positivity is 7.1 percent. Saturday’s positive rate was 6.8 percent.

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Thursday, Nov. 19

As of Thursday, there have been at least 19,151 cases of COVID-19 in Erie County and 762 deaths.

The daily positivity rate for Erie County is 7.8 percent.

During a news conference on Thursday afternoon, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz stated “The second wave is here and it’s here with a vengeance.”


Earlier in the day, Poloncarz also provided updated COVID-19 numbers for November 17.

He says there was a “big increase” in COVID-19 hospitalizations on Tuesday. As of that day, the total number was 179. The day prior, it was 150.

35 of those people were receiving intensive care. One person died.

According to Poloncarz, 46 percent of the COVID patients were 64 years old or younger.

Wednesday, Nov. 18

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz provided updated COVID-19 numbers for November 16.

He says 185 WNY patients were hospitalized, 41 of those patients in the intensive care unit.

Poloncarz reports Erie County had 150 patients, 32 in the ICU and 11 on airway assistance. He says 7 people died and 47% of patients were 64 and under.

The County Executive tells us, “there were more patients aged 55-64 in the hospital than 65-74 and 75-84.”

There are now 18,625 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Erie County. The death toll is 746.

Tuesday, Nov. 17

There are now 18,243 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Erie County. The death toll is 746.

Monday, Nov. 16

There are now 17,869 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Erie County. The death toll is 746.

During a Monday afternoon press conference, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said COVID-19 numbers are trending in the wrong direction in our region. He doesn’t believe the area will move into an orange or red zone Monday, but added that business owners and people should be concerned about it.

Wednesday, Nov. 11

There are now 16,130 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Erie County. The death toll is 736.

The “yellow zone” in Erie County had a positivity rate of 8.16 percent on Wednesday — an increase from Tuesday’s rate of 8.12 percent.

Western New York’s overall positivity rate for Wednesday was 5.5 percent. The state’s was 2.95 percent.

Monday, Nov. 9

There are now 15,021 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Erie County. The death toll is 728.

Wednesday, Nov. 4

There are now 13,910 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Erie County. The death toll is now 728.

As of today, the county’s infection rate is five percent.

11 people have died from COVID-19 since October 26 — the highest number in Erie County in months.

Sunday, Nov. 1

There are now 13,273 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Erie County. The death toll is 717.

Tuesday, October 27

There are now 12,798 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Erie County. The death toll remains at 713.

Thursday, October 22

There are now 12,549 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Erie County. The death toll is now 713.

Tuesday, October 20

There are now 12,489 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Erie County. The death toll is still 708.

Friday, October 16

There are now 12,260 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Erie County. The death toll has risen to 708.

Wednesday, October 14

There are now 12,176 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Erie County. The death toll is 706.

Monday, October 12

There are now 12,007 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Erie County. The death toll is 706.

Thursday, October 8

There are now 11,857 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Erie County. The death toll is 706.

Tuesday, October 6

There are now 11,760 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Erie County. The death toll remains at 694.

Wednesday, Sept. 30

There are now 11,382 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Erie County. The death toll is now 694.

Monday, Sept. 28

There are now 11,243 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Erie County. The death toll remains at 693.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says the testing rate for this past Saturday was 0.9 percent, but hospitalizations have increased.

Friday, Sept. 25

There are now 11,098 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Erie County. The death toll remains at 693.

Wednesday, Sept. 23

There are now 10,965 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Erie County and 693 deaths attributed to the virus.

Tuesday, Sept. 22

There are now 10,931 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Erie County and 690 deaths attributed to the virus.

Thursday, Sept. 17

The Erie County Department of Health is providing COVID data through Wednesday.

According to the department, there is 93 new confirmed cases, 4,480 diagnostic test were reported, the daily positivity rate is 2.1%, and total cases are now 10,696.

Wednesday, Sept. 16

Erie County is now reporting 10,567 total cases of COVID-19.

The death toll is 689. Seven of these deaths occurred in the last week. Most of these people lived in nursing homes, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says.

There has been a rise in cases in people between the ages of 10 and 19. Most of these students did not attend classes inside school buildings.

County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein announced that the county received six Abbott ID Now testing machines and 4,000 testing kits from the New York State Department of Health. These machines offer same-day results.

Staff are being trained to use and maintain these machines before they’re deployed to “hot spots” within the county.

Monday, Sept. 14

Erie County is now reporting 10,502 total cases of COVID-19. The death toll is 682.

Friday, Sept. 4

Erie County is now reporting 9,914 total cases of COVID-19.

Wednesday, Sept. 2

Erie County is now reporting 9,752 total cases of COVID-19. The death toll is 681.

Monday, Aug. 31

Erie County is now reporting 9,618 total cases of COVID-19.

Wednesday, Aug. 26

Erie County is now reporting 9,365 total cases of COVID-19. The death toll is 678.

Sunday, Aug. 23

Erie County now has 9,295 total confirmed cases of COVID-19- a little more than 1 percent of the county’s population, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said Sunday.

On Saturday, 52 new cases in the county were confirmed, for a daily positivity rate of 2.3 percent.

Saturday, Aug. 22

Erie County has 9,243 total COVID-19 cases as of Friday. On Friday, 48 new cases were confirmed for a daily positivity rate of 1.3 percent.

Wednesday, Aug. 19

In Erie County , 9,023 cases of COVID-19 have been identified. The death toll remains at 674.

Saturday, Aug. 15

Erie County has 49 new cases as of Aug. 14, bringing the county’s total number of cases to 8,953.

The daily positivity rate for Thursday is 1.6 percent.

Thursday, Aug. 13

Erie County is reporting 8,856 cases of COVID-19. The death toll is now 674.

Tuesday, Aug. 11

Erie County is now reporting 8,767 cases of COVID-19. The death toll remains at 671.

Friday, Aug. 7

Erie County is now reporting 8,607 cases of COVID-19. The death toll remains at 671.

Wednesday, Aug. 5

Erie County is now reporting 8,541 cases of COVID-19 and 671 deaths since the pandemic started.

The largest number of new cases is still being found in the 20-29 age group, but there has been a drop in the number of cases in that demographic.

“Regardless of your age, you can catch COVID-19,” County Executive Mark Poloncarz says.

As of Monday, 38 people in western New York are hospitalized because of COVID-19. 33 of them live in Erie County.

Of those 38, seven are receiving intensive care.

More than 20,000 people in the county were tested for the coronavirus last week. The infection rate was just over one percent.

In the most recent round of antibody testing, County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein says 5.5 percent of people had antibodies. She says this means most of the county is still susceptible to the virus.

Poloncarz says that although some were cited for violations, no bars or restaurants were shut down in the last week.

Saturday, Aug. 1

On Friday, 55 new COVID-19 cases were identified in Erie County. The daily positivity rate for the day was 1.5 percent.

The total case count through Friday is now 8,420.

Wednesday, July 29

Erie County is now reporting 8,235 cases of COVID-19. The death toll is now 669 — an increase of six since last Wednesday.

As of Tuesday, 31 people in the county are hospitalized because of the coronavirus. Eight are receiving intensive care.

A high number of people in the 20-29 age group are still testing positive, and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz believes younger people aren’t taking the virus as seriously as older people.

Monday, July 27

Erie County is now reporting 8,161 cases of COVID-19. The death toll remains at 663.

Saturday, July 25

The total cases in Erie County are now 8,130. On Thursday, 47 new cases were confirmed for a daily positivity rate of 1.4 percent.

Friday, July 24

Erie County now reports 8,082 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The death toll remains at 663.

Wednesday, July 22

Erie County now reports 8,005 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The death toll remains at 663.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says people in their 20s are testing positive at a higher rate than all other age groups combined.

Tuesday, July 21

Erie County now reports 7,945 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The death toll remains at 657.

Saturday, July 18

Erie County is now reporting 7,940 positive cases of coronavirus. Hospitalizations in New York have dropped to their lowest number since March 18.

Friday, July 17

The number of positive cases has risen to 7,889 and the death toll is now 657. On Thursday, 57 new cases were confirmed for a daily positivity rate of 1.7 percent.

Tuesday, July 14

The number of positive cases has risen to 7,743 and the death toll is now 652.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced on Twitter this evening for July 13, the Erie County Department of Health received 2,632 COVID-19 test results.

He says 65 new cases were confirmed for a daily positivity rate of 2.46%.

Six more deaths were reported, some dating back to last Friday.

Sunday, July 12

Erie County is reporting 29 new cases of coronavirus bringing the total count to 7,652. This information is from the latest round of tests from Saturday, July 11. The number of deaths remains unchanged.

Friday, July 10

The Erie County Health Department is reporting a total of 7,624 confirmed cases of coronavirus as of Friday.

Wednesday, July 8

Cases: 7,466

Deaths: 642

Nearly half of the new cases were diagnosed in Buffalo residents.

43 percent of new cases were found in people in their 20s and 30s. Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein says this is because people have been traveling and going to large gatherings.

Dr. Burstein urged people to wear a mask, stay socially distant and wash their hands.

Wednesday, July 1

Erie County is reporting a total of 7,192 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 637 deaths.

In terms of testing, younger age groups are testing positive at a higher percentage than older age groups. 40 percent of positive cases were found in people ages 20-39.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says 93 percent of county residents haven’t been exposed to the virus.

The mortality rate has gone down in recent weeks, compared to earlier in the year.

Tuesday, June 30

Erie County is reporting a total of 7,148 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 636 deaths.

Wednesday, June 24

Erie County is reporting a total of 6,967 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 634 deaths.

County Executive Mark Poloncarz says he’s concerned about an increase in cases in younger people over the last few weeks. This includes children and infants.

At the same time, the amount of new cases in older residents is dropping.

Most of the county is still at risk of getting COVID-19, Poloncarz says. Since 93 percent of county residents haven’t contracted the virus, it’s still important to wear a mask, he says.

Monday, June 22

Erie County is reporting a total of 6,937 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Nine more deaths have been confirmed, bringing the county’s total number of coronavirus deaths to 632.

Sunday, June 21

Erie County is now reporting a total of 6,914 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

Saturday, June 20

The total number of cases in Erie County is now 6,892. The death toll is now 623.

Thursday, June 18

As of Thursday, the total case count for Erie County since the start of the coronavirus outbreak is now 6,821. The death count is now 621.

Tuesday, June 16

ERIE COUNTY, (WIVB)–Another six people have died in Erie County due to coronavirus Tuesday.

County Executive Mark Poloncarz confirmed the deaths and an additional 22 confirmed cases since Monday in a tweet. The county’s total case count is now 6,749.

Monday, June 15

No new deaths have been reported, but Erie County now has 6,699 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Friday, June 12

Erie County has 6,620 total COVID-19 cases as of Friday evening. Four additional COVID-19 deaths have been confirmed, and the total death count is now 591.

Thursday, June 11

Erie County is now reporting 6,562 total cases of COVID-19. One more person has died, bringing the death toll to 581.

Wednesday, June 10

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, an additional 53 confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported to the Erie County Department of Health, bringing the total to 6,543, according to Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.

He says 3,864 nasal swab tests were done during that time, resulting in a very low positive rate of 1.4%.

County officials also say the death toll is now 580.

Monday, June 8

Erie County is now reporting 6,458 cases of COVID-19. The number of deaths has not changed since Saturday’s report.

Like Niagara County, Erie did not see a spike in cases two weeks after the Memorial Day weekend.

Of the more than 55,000 antibody tests performed in Erie County, 7.1 percent have come back positive.

Saturday, June 6

Erie County is now reporting an additional 61 cases of COVID-19 since Friday, bringing the total number of cases to 6,397. The county is now reporting that 560 residents have died from the virus.

Friday, June 5

According to County Executive Mark Poloncarz, Erie County is reporting there are 6,289 positive coronavirus cases.

In total, 556 people have died from the virus.

68,767 people have received diagnostic testing in Erie County and there have been 51,985 antibody tests.

Monday, June 1

Erie County is now reporting another 14 deaths from COVID-19 since Friday bringing the county’s death total to 538.

Additionally, the total number of cases are now at 6,118.

Leaders say nearly 6,500 people have been tested for antibodies in Erie County, and 7.5 percent of those tests came back positive.

With western New York expected to begin Phase Two of the reopening schedule on Tuesday, barber shops and salons can get free face shields here.

Sunday, May 31

Erie County’s total COVID-19 case count is 6,065 as of Sunday evening. The death toll is still at 524 and won’t be updated until Monday .

Saturday, May 30

Erie County is reporting an additional eight deaths from coronavirus since Friday, bringing the county’s death toll to 524.

A total of 5,959 cases of the virus have been confirmed according to the county’s COVID-19 map.

Friday, May 29

5,891 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Erie County. As of Friday morning, 516 people have died.

Thursday, May 28

5,830 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Erie County. As of Thursday, 512 people have died.

Tuesday, May 26

Erie County is reporting an additional 94 confirmed cases of coronavirus bringing the county’s total to 5,784.

An additional 24 people have died from the virus since Friday, raising the number of deaths to 504.

UPDATE: As of 3:16 P.M. Monday, Erie County is reporting a total of 5,690 cases of coronavirus. No additional deaths have been reported.

Monday, May 25

An additional 95 cases of coronavirus are being reported in Erie County according to the county’s COVID-19 map, bringing the total count to 5,639.

A total of 43,929 swab tests have been performed. The number of deaths remains unchanged since Friday at 480.

Saturday, May 23

Erie County is now reporting a total of 5,544 cases of coronavirus according to the county’s COVID-19 map. The number of deaths stands unchanged since Friday at 480.

Friday, May 22

Erie County now has a total of 5,465 cases of COVID-19, after another 152 tests were confirmed on Friday. There have been eight more deaths, bringing the county’s total to 480.

Thursday, May 21

The Erie County Department of Health is reporting another 82 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and an additional 13 deaths from the virus.

Countywide, the total number of cases are now 5,313 and the death count is now up to 472.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says the majority of the 13 new deaths occurred in nursing homes.

Wednesday, May 20 (7:45 p.m.)

Another four Erie County residents have died due to coronavirus according to county executive Mark Poloncarz.

A total of 459 people in the county have died. Another 177 people have tested positive for the virus, bringing the number of confirmed cases to 5,231.

Wednesday, May 20 (7:45 a.m.)

Erie County is now reporting 5,054 cases of COVID-19. The death toll has risen to 455.

Tuesday, May 19 (8:20 a.m.)

Erie County is now reporting 5,009 cases of coronavirus and 449 deaths.

County Executive Mark Poloncarz reports a slight uptick in hospitalizations in WNY on May 17.

A total of eight, seven of which were in Erie County, Poloncarz says.

New admissions exceeded discharges by seven, however, he says there were no deaths in Erie County hospitals on May 17.

Monday, May 18 (2:30 p.m.)

Erie County is now reporting 4,982 confirmed cases of coronavirus. The death toll has also risen, reaching 421 as of Monday afternoon.

So far, 32,028 tests for the virus have been given in Erie County.

More than 26,000 people have been tested for antibodies. 7.7 percent of them showed that they had developed the antibodies.

100,000 antibody tests are currently available in Erie County. To schedule an appointment, call (716) 858-2929.

Hospitalizations in the county are decreasing. Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein says the amount of hospital patients with COVID-19 in the county dropped from 257 to 189 over two weeks.

As of Monday afternoon, the number of people who are hospitalized is 172.

Saturday, May 16 (9:19 p.m.)

Erie County is now reporting 4,906 confirmed cases of coronavirus. This is according to the county’s COVID-19 map. The death toll stands at 420.

Saturday, May 16 (9:07 a.m.)

Erie County Mark Poloncarz says Erie County has a total of  4,820 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 420 deaths.

Friday, May 15 (11:30 a.m.)

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says with testing increasing dramatically, so have the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county.

Out of the 28,663 residents tested, 4,732 are positive cases of COVID.

There are also 11 new deaths to report bringing that number to 411.

Poloncarz says 41% of the positive people live in Buffalo, and 59% live elsewhere in Erie County.

On Friday afternoon, Poloncarz issued an emergency order that says all people inside Erie County-owned or operated facilities, if medically able, must wear face masks if social distance cannot be maintained.

Wednesday, May 13 (Noon)

According to the Erie County COVID Map, the total number of positive cases in the county has risen to 4,579.

There are also 13 more deaths to report, bringing the total to 400.

County officials are scheduled to hold a COVID update at 1:30 p.m.

Monday, May 11 (8:00 p.m.)

There have been 30 more COVID-19 deaths reported in Erie County, county executive Mark Poloncarz tweeted on Monday evening. The deaths include deaths reported over the weekend.

Monday, May 11

The Erie County Department of Health is reporting, out of the 26,783 people tested in the county, there are 4,484 confirmed COVID, a confirmed positive rate of 18.7%.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says, from May 3 to May 9, the positive test rate dropped to 12.1%.

According to the county executive, 1,547 people out of the 19,845 antibody tests completed tested positive for a 7.8% rate.

The current overall percentage positivity rate of 18.7% of diagnostic testing is based on the number of total positive nasal swab test results divided by the total specimen tests reported to Erie County, the Department of Health says.

Officials tell us this is raw data very similar to how the state COVID-19 tracker data is shown.

The confirmed cases reported will always be slightly less than the total number of positive specimens for many reasons, officials say.

That includes still investigating cases, some positives were for residents of other counties, or some people had multiple specimens tested on the same day, according to the county.

Although the amount of deaths hasn’t increased in the last couple days, Poloncarz says he was made aware of someone dying recently, so he knows that number will increase in the near future.

Saturday, May 9

Erie County is reporting a total of 4,333 cases of COVID -19 according to the county’s coronavirus map.

The death toll is now 357, up 11 from Friday.

24,488 people have been tested.

Friday, May 8

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says there are now 4,161 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county. The death toll is now 346.

23,471 people have been tested.

Wednesday, May 6

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says of the 20,734 people who have been tested for COVID-19 in the county, 3,939 have now tested positive for the virus.

In a tweet Wednesday, Poloncarz also shared the news of 15 additional deaths as a result of the illness, bringing the total deaths to 323.

222 are currently hospitalized. On Saturday, that number was 240.

On Wednesday, Poloncarz additionally announced that anyone in Erie County who believes they were exposed to the virus can get tested. Previously, testing was only permitted for people who were symptomatic.

Call (716) 858-2929 to schedule an appointment.

Monday, May 4

There are now 3,749 confirmed coronavirus cases in Erie County, according to the county’s COVID-19 map. An additional 25 people have died from the virus bringing the county’s death total to 308.

ORIGINAL: As of Friday night, 3,472 people total have tested positive for COVID-19 in Erie County and 283 people have died.

More than 17,000 people in the county have been tested.

There has been a slight uptick in hospitalizations in the county recently, county leaders said during a Friday afternoon press conference. However, Erie County Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein said that the county is still well within capacity for both general and ICU units.

For the past week, hospital admissions in the county exceeded discharges- 191 vs. 173, respectively.

The majority of people being hospitalized are 55 and older.

The age group with the largest percentage of mortality is 80 and up, making up 51.9 percent of COVID-19 deaths in the county.

Dr. Burstein said the county wants to test anyone who is symptomatic regardless of where they work or live. Call (716)858-2929 if you’re symptomatic.

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