Modified: July 7, 2021 2:04pm
ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PROVIDES COVID-19 DATA UPDATE FOR WEEK ENDING JULY 3, 2021
ERIE COUNTY, NY – The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is providing an update on COVID-19 data. For the week ending July 3, 2021, ECDOH received reports for 76 new COVID-19 cases among Erie County residents. The COVID-19 case rate of 8.3 cases per 100,000 residents in the past seven days for the week ending July 3 is an increase over the previous week’s case rate of 5.2. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) set a case rate threshold of less than 10 for a community to be considered in a “low transmission” level.
34% of new COVID-19 cases last week were in city of Buffalo residents, an increase from 25% the previous week. Four ZIP codes had five or more COVID-19 cases: 14218, 14227, 14206, 14215. All other ZIP codes had fewer than five cases, or no cases.
The number of diagnostic COVID-19 tests performed for Erie County residents continue to decline, with 13,549 reports for the week ending July 3 compared to 15,477 reports for the previous week. ECDOH and health care providers within Erie County still have substantial diagnostic testing capacity. People who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of vaccination status, should strongly consider a diagnostic COVID-19 test. Free tests are available through ECDOH by calling 716-858-2929 to schedule an appointment.
The 30-39 age group had a 7-day case rate of 16.8 cases per 100,000 persons last week, which was the highest among all age groups. The positivity percentage for this age group is still under 1% (0.7%). The 0-4 age group and 5-10 age group had positivity percentages over 1.0%, at 1.2% for each. All other age categories had 1% positivity or lower.
With 20 COVID-19 hospitalizations reported in Erie County hospitals for July 4, 2021, hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Erie County have remained stable, fewer than two dozen, since June 18 [See chart at end of release].
ECDOH is reporting COVID-19 mortality data. ECDOH received reports of two deaths associated with COVID-19 in the past seven days. Total COVID-19-related deaths from March 2020 to July 1, 2021 now stand at 1,921, with 645 reported in 2021. Of the 183 reported COVID-19 associated deaths in April, May and June 2021 through July 1, 46% resided in a Buffalo city ZIP code, and 96% (176) of these deaths were in persons who were not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to infection.
Additional data, including vaccination estimates by ZIP code, are posted to the ECDOH web site. Based on adjustments to reporting by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), vaccination data are broken out in to new age group categories in our data update. NYSDOH also updates vaccination data by demographics, by county and by ZIP code. From NYSDOH data, Erie County reached 70% of residents ages 18 and older with at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine as of July 3. As of July 6, 2021, 38.3% of 12-15-year-olds and 48.4% of 16-17-year-olds in Erie County have at least one vaccine dose. By age groups, 85% of residents age 65 and older, 68% of residents ages 35-64 and 55% of residents ages 20-34 have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose.
ECDOH has an active schedule of COVID-19 vaccine clinics, listed at www.erie.gov/vax, and will also vaccinate any eligible Erie County resident at their home. Call (716) 858-2929 for the “Vax Visit” program.
Chart: Erie County Hospitalization Data, last four weeks (June 6-July 4, 2021)
Data Source: New York State Department of Health and Erie County hospitals
- ECDOH, COVID-19 vaccine info & clinic schedule: http://www.erie.gov/vax
- ECDOH, COVID-19 Information Line: (716) 858-2929 – foreign language interpretation available
- ECDOH, COVID-19 Weekly Data Updates: https://www2.erie.gov/health/index.php?q=covid-19-media-data
- Erie County COVID-19 Wastewater Testing: http://erie.gov/covid19-wastewater