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ERIE COUNTY, NY – The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is providing an update on COVID-19 data. For the week ending October 9, 2021, ECDOH received reports for 1,850 new COVID-19 cases among Erie County residents, a 3.5% increase from the previous week.  

The COVID-19 case rate of 194 cases per 100,000 residents in the past seven days for the week ending September 25 is an increase from the previous week’s case rate of 187. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) set a case rate threshold of 100 or more cases per 100,000 residents in the past seven days for a community to be considered to have “high transmission.”

27% of new COVID-19 cases last week were among city of Buffalo residents. For reference, city of Buffalo residents make up 29% of all Erie County residents. This past week the ZIP codes with the highest seven-day case rates per 100,000 persons were in the Southtowns: 14034 (Collins, 15 cases), 14141 (Springville, 32 cases), 14085 (Hamburg/Lake View, 26 cases), 14080 (Holland, 15 cases) and 14006 (Angola, 34 cases). Please note that these ZIP codes have small populations, and that can significantly influence case rates.

COVID-19 test reports for last week were on par with the previous week, with about 47,000 results reported. 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. This includes p-12 students and school staff who need a diagnostic COVID-19 NAAT test to return to school or work. ECDOH created a list of community COVID-19 testing resources for parents and caregivers. School staff and students with a negative COVID-19 NAAT test result do not need to provide a doctor’s note to return to school if they do not have a fever (afebrile) and symptoms are improving.

Free COVID-19 NAAT tests are available through ECDOH by calling 716-858-2929 to schedule an appointment. Appointments are required for COVID-19 testing. Wait times for ECDOH appointment telephone line are longest in the morning. Callers may choose to call after 10 a.m. if they want to avoid a wait. Other test sites are listed through the NYSDOH web site.

For the first time since July 2021, COVID-19 cases among youth and adolescent age groups declined from the previous week. For the week ending October 9, 2021, ECDOH received reports for 358 COVID-19 cases in the 5-17-year-old age group (school age), compared to 367 COVID-19 cases for the previous week. These account for 19% of total Erie County COVID-19 cases for last week.             

The school team in the ECDOH Office of Epidemiology is managing a significant number of cases among k-12 students and school staff. Data for weeks ending October 2 and October 9 are incomplete* because official test reports are pending.

With 145 COVID-19 hospitalizations reported in Erie County hospitals on October 9, 2021, the number of patients admitted to Erie County hospitals with COVID-19 has ranged from a low of 129 hospitalizations to a high of 151 hospitalizations over the past two weeks. [See chart at end of release]. The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) published statewide data for COVID-19 cases over time by vaccination status, and daily hospital admissions over time by vaccination status.

ECDOH is reporting COVID-19 mortality data. ECDOH received reports of 15 COVID-19 associated deaths in the past seven days. Total COVID-19-related deaths from March 2020 to October 7, 2021 now stand at 2,039, with 763 reported in 2021. For the period from July 1, 2021 to October 7, 2021, 58% of 118 COVID-19 associated deaths were not fully immunized prior to infection. The average age at death since July 2021 in persons not fully vaccinated was 70 years, and the average age at death for fully vaccinated persons was 80 years. Among the deaths in that time frame, there were reports of 17 deaths of Erie County residents under age 60 who were not fully vaccinated, compared to three deaths of Erie County residents under age 60 who were fully vaccinated.

With data compiled by the ECDOH epidemiology office through October 11 and based on 2020 U.S. Census population estimates, 72.7% of Erie County residents ages 18 years and older received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, and 68.3% of Erie County residents ages 18 years and older completed a vaccine series. For the 16-17-year-old age group, 59.7% received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Additional data, including vaccination estimates by ZIP code, are posted to the ECDOH web site. NYSDOH also updates vaccination data by demographics, by county and by ZIP code.

ECDOH has an active schedule of COVID-19 vaccine clinics, listed at, and will also vaccinate any eligible Erie County resident at their home. Call (716) 858-2929 for the “Vax Visit” program. ECDOH encourages Erie County residents who are not fully vaccinated to begin their COVID-19 vaccine series. COVID-19 vaccination is especially important for youth and families attending school or child care. Third COVID-19 Pfizer or Moderna vaccine doses for people with moderately or severely immunocompromising conditions are available at any Erie County COVID-19 vaccine clinic. ECDOH also offers Pfizer booster vaccine doses for eligible individuals at all clinics that offer Pfizer vaccine. NYSDOH has further information about Pfizer booster doses.

Chart: Erie County Hospitalization Data, last two weeks (September 25-October 10, 2021)

Data Sources: New York State Department of Health and Erie County hospitals








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