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01/01/2021 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ANNOUNCES VIRTUAL NARCAN TRAINING SCHEDULE FOR WINTER 2021 Free online classes with morning, noon and evening options
01/11/2021 COVID-19 VACCINE AVAILABILITY STATEMENT FROM THE ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH COVID-19 VACCINE AVAILABILITY STATEMENT FROM THE ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH 
01/14/2021 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PROVIDES STATEMENT RELATED TO NYS MICROCLUSTER GUIDANCE ENFORCEMENT ECDOH public health sanitarians will apply “yellow zone” criteria to all permitted food service facilities that are currently located in “orange zones.”
01/16/2021 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CANCELS COVID VACCINE PODS BASED ON LACK OF SUPPLY All Vaccine Appointments for January 18 through 20 are Cancelled
01/20/2021 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL COVID VACCINE CLINIC CANCELLATIONS BASED ON LACK OF SUPPLY All ECDOH Vaccine Appointments for January 23-27 are Cancelled at ECC North and ECC South
01/25/2021 FOLLOWING REVIEW OF NY FORWARD SPORTS AND RECREATION GUIDANCE, ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ANNOUNCES HIGHER-RISK SPORTS CAN PROCEED The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is providing the following information for schools, coaching staff, athletes, parents of student-athletes and youth and adult amateur sports leagues in...
01/26/2021 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CANCELS ADDITIONAL COVID VACCINE CLINICS DUE TO LACK OF SUPPLY Appointments at ECC South on Friday, January 29 and ECC North and ECC South on Saturday, January 30 will be rescheduled
01/28/2021 WESTERN NEW YORK COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENTS ISSUE JOINT STATEMENT ON WRESTLING WESTERN NEW YORK COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENTS ISSUE JOINT STATEMENT ON WRESTLING  
01/29/2021 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PROVIDES VACCINE DISTRIBUTION UPDATE Nursing home data show 86% of eligible residents have received at least a first dose; 8% of Erie County’s population has received a first dose
02/01/2021 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PROVIDES INFORMATION ABOUT COVID CASES AMONG ST. FRANCIS HIGH SCHOOL STAFF AND STUDENTS ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PROVIDES INFORMATION ABOUT COVID CASES AMONG ST. FRANCIS HIGH SCHOOL STAFF AND STUDENTS
02/01/2021 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH OFFERS CONDOLENCES TO FAMILY OF FORMER HEALTH COMMISSIONER DR. ARNOLD LUBIN Dr. Lubin passed away on January 27, 2021
02/04/2021 JOINT STATEMENT FROM ALLEGANY, CATTARAUGUS, CHAUTAUQUA, ERIE AND NIAGARA COUNTY DEPARTMENTS OF HEALTH REGARDING TRAVEL AND QUARANTINE Upcoming school breaks raise concerns about travel-based COVID-19 cases
02/05/2021 MORE THAN NINE PERCENT OF ERIE COUNTY RESIDENTS HAVE RECEIVED AT LEAST ONE DOSE OF THE COVID-19 VACCINE Three percent of all Erie County residents have received both doses of the vaccine; Nursing home data show about 86% of eligible residents have received at least a first dose and 59% of eligible...
02/09/2021 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH EXPANDS ELIGIBILITY FOR COUNTY-RUN COVID-19 TESTING SITES New eligibility criteria include all Erie County residents. Appointments are still required.
02/11/2021 LIVE WELL ERIE ENCOURAGES COMMUNITY: UNITE TO GET VACCINATED To recover as a community, we are imploring all residents to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in order of priority as determined by New York State officials.
02/12/2021 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH COVID-19 INFORMATION LINE AND DIAGNOSTIC TESTING SITES WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15 FOR THE PRESIDENTS’ DAY HOLIDAY ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH COVID-19 INFORMATION LINE AND DIAGNOSTIC TESTING SITES WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15 FOR THE PRESIDENTS’ DAY HOLID
02/12/2021 MORE THAN TEN PERCENT OF ERIE COUNTY RESIDENTS HAVE RECEIVED AT LEAST ONE DOSE OF COVID-19 VACCINE More than four percent of all Erie County residents have received both doses of the vaccine; Nursing home data show about 82% of eligible residents have received at least a first dose and 70% of...
02/12/2021 INFORM YOUR STAFF WITH VACCINATION TOOLKITS FROM THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION Concise, science-based information about COVID-19 vaccine includes key messages, printable material and social media content from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
02/13/2021 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH OUTLINES PLAN TO VACCINATE RESIDENTS WITH CERTAIN MEDICAL CONDITIONS NYS defines comorbidities that qualify New Yorkers to receive COVID-19 vaccine; ECDOH will prioritize at-risk patients and distribute next week's allotment for eligible individuals with comorbidities...
02/14/2021 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PROVIDES UPDATE ON THIS WEEK’S COVID-19 VACCINE ALLOCATION FROM NEW YORK STATE Through February 13, ECDOH has administered 20,586 first doses and 14,935 second doses through its PODs.
02/19/2021 MORE THAN 12 PERCENT OF ERIE COUNTY RESIDENTS HAVE RECEIVED AT LEAST ONE DOSE OF COVID-19 VACCINE Nearly 7 percent of all Erie County residents have received both doses of the vaccine
02/24/2021 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PROVIDES UPDATES, WARNINGS FROM OPIATE EPIDEMIC TASK FORCE ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PROVIDES UPDATES, WARNINGS FROM OPIATE EPIDEMIC TASK FORCE
02/26/2021 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH OFFERS INFORMATION TO WEDDING AND EVENT VENUES NYS released additional guidance for large catered events that take effect on March 15
02/26/2021 14 PERCENT OF ERIE COUNTY RESIDENTS HAVE RECEIVED AT LEAST ONE DOSE OF COVID-19 VACCINE Delivery delays due to weather slowed administration of first vaccine doses; 9 percent of all Erie County residents have received both doses of the vaccine
02/26/2021 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH UPDATES QUARANTINE GUIDANCE BASED ON CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION RECOMMENDATIONS Changes apply for individuals who are fully vaccinated, and those who have recovered from COVID-19 infection
02/27/2021 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH OUTLINES FACILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR NON-PROFESSIONAL, NON-COLLEGIATE SPORTS EVENTS Diagnostic COVID-19 testing and notice to ECDOH staff included in guidance
03/02/2021 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ISSUES STATEMENT ON PARADES AND LARGE PUBLIC EVENTS Based on NY Forward guidance, any in-person event must be limited to the non-essential social gathering limit that is in effect for the region, which for Erie County is currently 50 people. 
03/04/2021 BLACK BALLOON DAY EVENT ON MARCH 6 TO REMEMBER LIVES LOST TO THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC Erie County’s Black Balloon Day event will begin at 4 p.m. via WebEx. Individuals who would like to participate are asked to pick up balloons from one of the following sites between 12 p.m. and...
03/05/2021 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CLINICS TO REOPEN AFTER A YEAR OF REDUCED SERVICES ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CLINICS TO REOPEN AFTER A YEAR OF REDUCED SERVICES
03/05/2021 NEARLY 17 PERCENT OF ERIE COUNTY RESIDENTS HAVE RECEIVED AT LEAST ONE DOSE OF COVID-19 VACCINE NEARLY 17 PERCENT OF ERIE COUNTY RESIDENTS HAVE RECEIVED AT LEAST ONE DOSE OF COVID-19 VACCINE
03/12/2021 MORE THAN 21% OF ERIE COUNTY RESIDENTS HAVE RECEIVED AT LEAST ONE DOSE OF COVID-19 VACCINE Through March 11, ECDOH administered 33,040 first doses and 21,739 second doses at county-run PODs (points of distribution). 
03/16/2021 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SHARES FEEDBACK FROM COVID-19 CASE INVESTIGATIONS Interviews with newly diagnosed Erie County residents show common themes
03/19/2021 25% OF ERIE COUNTY RESIDENTS HAVE RECEIVED AT LEAST ONE DOSE OF COVID-19 VACCINE 25% OF ERIE COUNTY RESIDENTS HAVE RECEIVED AT LEAST ONE DOSE OF COVID-19 VACCINE 
03/19/2021 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH OFFERS STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO CDC K-12 SCHOOL OPERATIONAL STRATEGY UPDATE The New York State Education Department (NYSED) established reopening guidance for p-12 schools in summer 2020. School districts and schools are responsible for policies and practices that...
03/24/2021 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PROVIDES STATEMENT ON DEPEW MIDDLE SCHOOL’S SHIFT TO REMOTE LEARNING A decision like this is never easy, and the decisive action taken by Depew Central Schools reflects their commitment to the health and safety of their school community.
03/25/2021 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PROVIDES STATEMENT ON NATIVITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY SCHOOL’S SHIFT TO REMOTE LEARNING ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PROVIDES STATEMENT ON NATIVITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY SCHOOL’S SHIFT TO REMOTE LEARNING
03/26/2021 30% OF ERIE COUNTY RESIDENTS HAVE RECEIVED AT LEAST ONE DOSE OF COVID-19 VACCINE Data on vaccination rates by ZIP code are updated weekly, and posted to the ECDOH web site. 
03/26/2021 “CALIFORNIA” VARIANTS DETECTED IN ERIE COUNTY COVID-19 SAMPLES University at Buffalo scientists used genetic sequencing to identify variants of concern in specimens from Erie County residents
03/26/2021 FOLLOWING FIVE SUSPECTED OVERDOSE DEATHS IN A 24-HOUR PERIOD, THE ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH URGES PUBLIC TO “NEVER USE ALONE” Of the 15 confirmed opioid-related overdose deaths in 2021, 7 deaths involved cocaine. 
03/29/2021 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ANNOUNCES NARCAN TRAINING SCHEDULE FOR SPRING 2021 Public invited to virtual training dates and in-person sessions
04/01/2021 ERIE COUNTY’S DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND CENTRAL POLICE SERVICES ISSUE WARNING: COUNTERFEIT PILLS CAN KILL Erie County Central Police Services Forensic Laboratory has seen a steady influx of counterfeit alprazolam and oxycodone tablets seized by law enforcement agencies in Erie County.
04/01/2021 ADDITIONAL COVID-19 VARIANTS OF CONCERN DETECTED IN ERIE COUNTY SAMPLES "These new data appear to confirm what we have suspected – that COVID-19 variants of concern with higher transmission rates are circulating in Erie County,” said Commissioner of Health Dr...
04/02/2021 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CAUTIONS RESIDENTS TO REDUCE COVID-19 RISKS AT HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS AND RECONSIDER SPRING BREAK TRAVEL ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CAUTIONS RESIDENTS TO REDUCE COVID-19 RISKS AT HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS AND RECONSIDER SPRING BREAK TRAVEL
04/02/2021 ONE THIRD OF ERIE COUNTY RESIDENTS HAVE RECEIVED AT LEAST ONE DOSE OF COVID-19 VACCINE Through April 1, ECDOH administered 44,559 first doses and 33,205 second doses at county-run PODs (points of distribution). 
04/08/2021 COVID-19 “SOUTH AFRICAN” VARIANT OF CONCERN DETECTED IN ERIE COUNTY SAMPLES Two COVID-19 samples from Erie County residents have been identified as containing the COVID-19 B.1.351 “South Africa” variant of concern. These samples were collected during March 2021.
04/09/2021 39% OF ERIE COUNTY RESIDENTS HAVE RECEIVED AT LEAST ONE DOSE OF COVID-19 VACCINE As of April 8, 39% of Erie County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, while 25% percent have completed the COVID-19 vaccine series.
04/10/2021 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PROVIDES STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO UPDATES TO NEW YORK STATE SCHOOL GUIDANCE “Our advice to Erie County’s school leaders is to review this update carefully, and implement all possible mitigation strategies, regardless of whether your school chooses to expand in-...
04/13/2021 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO PAUSE DISTRIBUTION OF JOHNSON & JOHNSON COVID-19 VACCINE Decision made out of an abundance of caution, and based on recommendations by CDC, FDA and NYSDOH
04/13/2021 SCHEDULE COVID-19 VACCINATION APPOINTMENTS AT ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SITES SCHEDULE COVID-19 VACCINATION APPOINTMENTS AT ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SITES

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