Erie County reporting 107 coronavirus related deaths, 1,951 cases

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ERIE COUNTY, N.Y. (WIVB) April 16, 5:20 p.m.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz tweeted there are now 107 confirmed deaths related to COVID-19.

The Erie County Department of Health says 42 of the 107 deaths are associated with long-term care facilities in the county.

7,672 total tests have been administered in Erie County as of Wednesday, according to the State health Department

April 16, 2:10 p.m.

There are now 1,951 positive cases of COVID-19 in Erie County. No new deaths were reported on Thursday.

April 15, 6:30 p.m.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says the Department of Health has informed him there are now 1,853 positive COVID-19 cases and 104 people have died.

According to the state, Poloncarz says 7,278 residents have been tested as of Tuesday.

April 15, 2:30 p.m.

The Erie County Executive reports 1,812 lab confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in the county.

According to officials, the death toll still stands at 101.

Poloncarz says these were all known confirmed positive cases before death. He added there are no presumed positive cases.

He also addressed a discrepancy of numbers, citing nursing homes having to report deaths to the state as the reason for it.

April 14, 8:00 p.m.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz tweeted there are now 101 COVID-19 related deaths in the county.

He says the number went up so much from two days ago because the Erie County Department of Health received confirmation of 31 deaths that occurred since April 10 that they had not known about previously.

Poloncarz indicated the issue existed because nursing homes are required to report deaths to New York State, and not the county. According to statewide data released Monday, about 27 percent of the coronavirus-related deaths are among those living in nursing or senior care facilities. In Erie County, 36 people have died in such a facility. Though Poloncarz notes at least four of them were residents of a different county.

“Nursing homes are required under New York State law to take in patients who are positive for COVID-19,” Poloncarz said. “And of course nursing homes are often taking the most frail in our society. So it’s not a total surprise to see that nursing home deaths would be potentially a larger proportion of the overall deaths.”

April 14, 3:26 p.m.

The Erie County Health Department is reporting 1,730 cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday. 84 people have died from the virus.

The county released the following breakdown of positive cases by age and gender :

April 13, 6:30 p.m.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says the Erie County Department of Health informed him there are now 73 confirmed COVID-19 deaths.

According to Poloncarz, the NYSDOH is reporting 81 deaths in Erie County.

He says officials are looking into the discrepancy and trying to confirm if 81 is correct total.

April 13, 2:30 p.m.

According to the Erie County COVID map, there are now 1,661 positive cases of coronavirus throughout the county.

66 people have died as a result of the virus. Currently, there are 1,116 active cases and 479 people have recovered.

April 12, 4:41 p.m.

Erie County is now reporting an additional 66 confirmed cases of coronavirus Sunday, bringing the county’s total count to 1,624. Four more people have died due to the virus raising that total to 61.

479 people have recovered.

April 11, 2:52 p.m.

Erie County is reporting 52 additional cases of coronavirus Saturday. County Executive Mark Poloncarz said in a press conference that positive cases have risen to 1,558.

227 are hospitalized and 121 are currently in ICU. No further deaths are reported at this time.

April 10, 8:10 p.m.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz reports Friday night positive cases have risen to 1,506.

57 people have died from COVID-19. More than 1,000 cases are active and 430 people have recovered.

April 10, 2 p.m.

The Erie County Health Department is reporting a total of 1,498 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Virus related deaths in the county still stand at 53 as of 2 p.m. Friday.

Officials are updating its protocol for COVID-19 through the Public Health Lab.

Epidemiologists are currently prioritizing testing for the following people:

  • Symptomatic hospital and community healthcare workers (HCWs)
  • Symptomatic EMT, Fire, Police, and DOCCs personnel
  • Symptomatic household and significant other contacts of hospital and community HCWs
  • Symptomatic hospital and community medical facility staff
  • Symptomatic patients receiving dialysis or infusion therapy.

At this time, the Erie County Department of Health says a testing request does not need to come from a healthcare provider.

The department is urging anyone with a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms to contact their physician for medical advice and how to manage symptoms. 

Department of Health staff will also be at the Broadway Market on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon distributing free Narcan kits to anyone who needs them.

For the latest coronavirus numbers for Erie County, check out the COVID-19 map.

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