Expert finds certain Erie County communities affected by COVID-19 more than others


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — As Erie County continues to monitor COVID-19 cases, officials announced Wednesday some groups could be impacted more than others.

Many in the Burmese and Karen communities are testing positive for this disease, doctors at Jericho Road Community Health Center found.

“We’re seeing in the refugee communities now, it’s really picking up over the last couple of weeks,” explained founder & CEO of Jericho Road Community Health Center, Dr. Myron Glick.

He said this could be a result of several factors – including where they work and how they live. Glick said many of these people work in essential jobs such as factories or grocery stores. When they become infected, often they don’t realize it and bring it back to their families. Often, these communities live in multi generational homes.

Because of this, Jericho Road has expanded its testing.

“Our philosophy with testing is no barriers,” said Glick. “You don’t need an appointment, you don’t need to have health insurance, you don’t even need to have symptoms. Just come and we’ll test you.”

Information on when and where this testing is available can be found here.

Marlee Tuskes is a reporter who has been part of the News 4 team since 2019. See more of her work here.

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