The Erie County Department of Health has provided a public health update on COVID-19 in the county.

In the past week from May 2 to May 8, there were a total of 406 cases of COVID-19 reported with a daily average of 58 cases.

No new COVID-19 related deaths were reported this past week. The death count for the county remains at 798.

The county is reporting that the total of unvaccinated deaths remains at 655 which is 82% of the total deaths.

As of May 8, among the total reported in deaths in Erie County, the breakdown by vaccination status and age range is as follows:

Reported DeathsAges 0-49Ages 50-64Ages 65 & olderSub-totalPercentage breakdown
Not vaccinated319153365582%
Partially vaccinated0329324%
Fully vaccinated without a booster215728911%
Additional dose/booster0319223%
Total 798798100%

The number of persons vaccinated from May 2 to May 8 was 218. This increases the total number of persons vaccinated to 182,027 with the following breakdown:

 Number of personsOf eligible populationOf total population
Partially vaccinated23,7199.3%8.8%
Fully vaccinated158,30862.1%58.7%
Received first booster79,53731.2%29.5%
Received second booster9,3843.7%3.5%

You can find more information on cases and deaths in Erie County along with other data including reports on vaccination demographics on the Erie County Government website.

Free vaccines and boosters are available for residents of Erie County ages 5 years and older. You can find locations for COVID-19 vaccines here.

Erie County Department of Health recommends community members, vaccinated or unvaccinated, to get tested for COVID-19 if they have been exposed to anyone who has COVID-19 or if they have symptoms such as sore throat, coughing, difficulty breathing, fever or chills, muscle or body aches, vomiting or diarrhea, or loss of taste or smell. Testing results can help determine appropriate care and treatment if needed.

Click here for a list of local testing sites. Community members using home test kits who have questions or need guidance can call 814-451-6700.

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At this level, recommendations for preventing the spread of COVID-19 include:

  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, for 5 years and older, including those who are pregnant and plan on becoming pregnant. This means getting all recommended primary doses and booster doses when eligible.
  • 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, consult your healthcare provider about masking and other precautions.
  • 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.