(WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com) — COVID-19 case numbers in Erie and surrounding counties have been on an upward trend.
On July 15, we reported Crawford and Mercer counties moved from low to medium risk of transmission, according to the CDC COVID-19 Community Levels map. As of Monday, July 18, Erie County remains in the low.
The Erie County Department of Health is reporting a daily average of 46 cases, out of 321 total cases, for the week of July 11 to 17.
There were two new deaths reported, with dates of deaths in the last week of June, increasing the total death count in Erie County to 824.
On July 5, the Erie County Department of Health reported a daily average of 34 COVID-19 cases, out of 240 total cases, for the week of June 27-July 3. On July 12, the Erie County Department of Health reported a daily average of 40 COVID-19 cases, out of 277 total cases, for the week of July 4-10.
The number of vaccinations and boosters administered from July 11 to 17 was 1,198. This increases the total
number of vaccinations and boosters to 183,502.
Find vaccines near you
- text ZIP Code to 438829
- visit vaccines.gov
- call 1-800-232-0233
For list of local vaccination sites, visit eriecountypa.gov/covid-19/covid-19-vaccine
For list of local sites offering free testing, visit eriecountypa.gov/covid-19/covid-19-testing-information
According to the CDC Data Tracker that shows COVID-19 Community Levels, Erie County currently has a low level of community transmission.
At this level, recommendations for preventing the spread of COVID-19 include the following:
- Get all recommended COVID-19 vaccine and booster doses, for 5 years and older, including those who are pregnant and plan on becoming pregnant.
- Anyone may choose to mask at any time, regardless of vaccination status.
- If you are (or live, work or have contact with someone who is) at high risk for severe illness or have a weak immune system, consider masking indoors and rapid testing before gatherings.
- Get tested if you have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19.
- Wear a mask if you have symptoms, positive test results, or have been exposed to COVID-19.
- Stay home while waiting for test results. If you have positive test results, even if you don’t have symptoms, stay home and apart from others in your home and, if possible, use a separate bathroom; inform your close contacts to stay home and get tested.
- Maintain improved ventilation throughout indoor spaces when possible.
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According to the health department, the benefit of vaccination is that it helps the body prevent severe illness and lessens the likelihood of needing hospitalization.
Boosters extend the effectiveness of vaccines against COVID-19 and help protect against variants. Based on data from Erie County, those who are boosted are:
- 7 times less like to be infected with COVID-19
- 14 times less likely to die from COVID-19
If you have concerns or questions about vaccines, ask healthcare professionals or contact the Erie County Department of Health at 814-451-6700.