In Erie County, 5,891 total have tested positive for coronavirus, 516 deaths

Coronavirus

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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