In Erie County, 8,607 total have tested positive for COVID-19; 671 have died

Coronavirus

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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