ERIE COUNTY, NY (WKBW) – Medical experts are monitoring the new Omicron variant as it spreads across the country.
Erie County is seeing a significant increase in COVID-19 cases across the area.
The latest data from Erie County shows the highest daily total of COVID-19 cases ever reported since the start of the pandemic.
The spike increases concerns about the impact on our local hospitals.
Health leaders in Erie County urge those who do not feel good to be tested.
Erie Counties daily positivity rate is just over 9%, with the seven-day rate close to 11%.
Due to the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, a defense tactic the provincial health department is using is targeting vaccinations in Buffalo Public Schools.
Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein said this is a… priority.
dr. Burstein said the county and CONECT, which is made up of community health workers, are working with the district for COVID-19 vaccine clinics.
To date, approximately 1,000 vaccines have been administered to students, staff and family members through these clinics since August 2021. Eight hundred of these since November 1, 2021.
Erie County executive, Mark Poloncarz said, “Age groups under 14 had the highest positivity rates at 13.5%, so unfortunately children have the highest transfer rates in our county.
“We also have new vaccine sites across the community. Again, we want to make sure every person in Erie County has access to a COVID-19 vaccine. As Dr. Russo and the County Executive mentioned, this is our key to the pandemic, this is what keeps us safe and healthy and it’s very important that we all get that third dose, if possible, before we all get together for the Christmas holidays,” added Dr. Gale Burstein, commissioner of the Erie County Department of Health. to.
The provincial health department said it is also continuing to provide more vaccine sites for residents to receive the COVID-19 shot.
The current schedule running through the end of December includes locations in Buffalo, the Northtowns, and Southtowns.
Poloncarz said high rates are seen all over the world whole county in the city, suburbs and rural areas.
Poloncarz also said the province is in very dangerous, uncharted territory.
County officials said: children are largely driving these numbers, with the fastest transmission rates, according to the 7-day case count data.
Poloncarz said: “Officials have no power whatsoever to change that. The Erie County Department of Health is the dull competent entity, with regard to inspecting restaurants, bars and other facilities, as well as ensuring the safety and well-being of people.” our community are not municipal health services they don’t have them by law maybe this is one of the reasons why they don’t have them the city of buffalo doesn’t have a health department but the erie county health department is the supplier for our larger community.”
Health and county officials said masks are just one of the strategies to protect yourself from the contagious virus.
Poloncarz said he hopes the number of cases will decrease in phase one.
Otherwise, he said the county should move to “Phase 2,” which requires proof of vaccination for all indoor eateries, bars and entertainment venues.