50 percent of hospitalized Erie County COVID patients are in ICU, according to health officials

Erie County

FILE – In this Monday, Jan. 29, 2018 file photo, beds are set up inside a mobile emergency room outside a hospital in Georgia. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

ERIE COUNTY, N.Y. (WIVB) — Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says the people entering area hospitals are very sick.

According to the Erie County Department of Health, the hospitalization of patients continues to grow.

With that growing number, approximately 50% of all hospitalized patients are in the ICU.

Health officials report on average, 90% of patients in the ICU require an airway assist of some type.

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