According to Thursday’s report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Erie County has met indicators of a “high” COVID-19 level.
ERIE COUNTY, NY – The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) announced Friday that Erie County has reached a “high” COVID-19 level.
According to Thursday’s report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Erie County has met indicators of a “high” COVID-19 level. ECDOH states that this level is based on the new daily COVID-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over seven days, as well as the new COVID-19 admissions per. 100,000 inhabitants and the percentage of staffed beds occupied by patients with COVID-19.
As of Wednesday, 79 patients were at Erie County hospitals with COVID-19. The county reports that 31 of these patients were admitted to the hospital due to COVID.
As a result of the “high” COVID-19 level, ECDOH divides safety recommendations from the CDC to prevent further spread. Prevention strategies include:
- Wear a well-fitting mask indoors in public, regardless of vaccination status (including in K-12 schools and other indoor community environments)
- Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
- Get tested if you have symptoms
- If you are immunocompromised or at high risk for serious illness
- Wear a mask or respirator that gives you greater protection
- Consider avoiding unnecessary indoor activities in public where you may be exposed
- Talk to your doctor about taking other precautions (eg tests)
- Have a quick test plan if necessary (eg having home tests or access to tests)
- Talk to your healthcare provider about whether you are a candidate for treatments such as oral antivirals, PrEP and monoclonal antibodies.
- If you have household or social contact with a person at high risk of serious illness
- consider self-testing to detect infection before contact
- Consider wearing a mask when you are indoors with them
- Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and boosters
- Maintain improved ventilation throughout indoor spaces whenever possible
- Follow the CDC’s recommendations for isolation and quarantine, including being tested if you are exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19.
“These recommendations are basic protective measures that we are all familiar with at this point in the pandemic,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein. “Our department has access to rapid and PCR COVID-19 diagnostic testing six days a week and regular COVID-19 vaccination clinics. Our COVID-19 ‘Test to Treat’ program, introduced last week, can connect qualified, symptomatic people , which has a positive COVID-19 test result from our test sites with a prescription antiviral drug that reduces the risk of serious illness. “
She added, “There is currently a good supply of pharmacies in the community of COVID-19 antiviral drugs in Erie County. Individuals 12 years of age or older who weigh at least 88 lbs. With a positive COVID-19 test and who have high risk of progression to serious illness should talk to their primary care provider or an emergency care center about antiviral drugs. “