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07/30/2021 WITH 496 NEW COVID-19 CASES IN PAST SEVEN DAYS, ERIE COUNTY IS EXPERIENCING “SUBSTANTIAL” TRANSMISSION Starting Saturday, July 31, anyone entering an Erie County building or facility must wear a face mask
07/30/2021 NOTICE OF POTENTIAL COVID-19 EXPOSURE FOR PARTICIPANTS AND STAFF AT THE TABERNACLE YOUTH PROGRAM IN ORCHARD PARK NOTICE OF POTENTIAL COVID-19 EXPOSURE FOR PARTICIPANTS AND STAFF AT THE TABERNACLE YOUTH PROGRAM IN ORCHARD PARK
07/29/2021 RABIES VACCINE DISTRIBUTION BY AIR AND ON GROUND PLANNED FOR ERIE COUNTY Oral rabies bait prevents deadly virus in skunks, raccoons, foxes and other wildlife
07/23/2021 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PROVIDES COVID-19 DATA UPDATE FOR WEEK ENDING JULY 22, 2021 For the week ending July 22, 2021, ECDOH received reports for 48 new COVID-19 cases among Erie County residents.
07/20/2021 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PROVIDES COVID-19 DATA UPDATE FOR WEEK ENDING JULY 17, 2021 For the week ending July 17, 2021, ECDOH received reports for 174 new COVID-19 cases among Erie County residents.
07/13/2021 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PROVIDES COVID-19 DATA UPDATE FOR WEEK ENDING JULY 10, 2021 For the week ending July 10, 2021, ECDOH received reports for 68 new COVID-19 cases among Erie County residents.
07/12/2021 NATIONAL HEALTH SURVEY COMING TO ERIE COUNTY NHANES, the nation’s mobile health survey, is traveling to 15 counties to learn about the health of the U.S. population
07/08/2021 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ANNOUNCES NARCAN TRAINING SCHEDULE FOR JULY, AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ANNOUNCES NARCAN TRAINING SCHEDULE FOR JULY, AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER
07/06/2021 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PROVIDES COVID-19 DATA UPDATE FOR WEEK ENDING JULY 3, 2021 For the week ending July 3, 2021, ECDOH received reports for 76 new COVID-19 cases among Erie County residents.
06/29/2021 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PROVIDES COVID-19 DATA UPDATE FOR WEEK ENDING JUNE 26, 2021 In contrast to recent weeks, when approximately half of new cases were associated with city of Buffalo residents, 25% of new cases last week reside in the city of Buffalo. 28% of county residents...
06/25/2021 DATA FROM PAST FIVE MONTHS SHOW “BREAKTHROUGH” COVID-19 DISEASE IN .17% OF FULLY VACCINATED ERIE COUNTY RESIDENTS With these encouraging data and 68.3% of eligible adults having at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, ECDOH will shift vaccine outreach to mobile and pop-up vaccine sites
06/22/2021 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PROVIDES COVID-19 DATA UPDATE FOR WEEK ENDING JUNE 19, 2021 The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is providing an update on COVID-19 data for the week ending June 19, 2021.
06/18/2021 NEARLY 9 OUT OF 10 RECENT COVID-19 CASES IN ERIE COUNTY WERE NOT FULLY VACCINATED Erie County Department of Health reviewed vaccination records for new confirmed COVID-19 cases over three-week period
06/15/2021 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PROVIDES COVID-19 DATA UPDATE FOR WEEK ENDING JUNE 12, 2021 Information on Erie County COVID-19 hospitalizations is posted to the ECDOH Twitter and Facebook pages each weekday. 
06/10/2021 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SHARES COVID-19 VACCINE DATA FOR 12-17-YEAR-OLDS Based on information available from New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) as of June 8, 2021, the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is providing youth COVID-19 vaccination rates in Erie...
06/10/2021 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CAUTIONS RESIDENTS: DON’T TOUCH WILDLIFE ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CAUTIONS RESIDENTS: DON’T TOUCH WILDLIFE
06/08/2021 “DOSES & MIMOSAS” WITH THE ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND THREE BUFFALO RESTAURANTS On June 13, three Elmwood Ave. establishments will have mimosas and single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine on the menu
06/08/2021 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PROVIDES COVID-19 DATA UPDATE FOR WEEK ENDING JUNE 5, 2021 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PROVIDES COVID-19 DATA UPDATE FOR WEEK ENDING JUNE 5, 2021
06/01/2021 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PROVIDES COVID-19 DATA UPDATE FOR WEEK ENDING JUNE 1, 2021 Information on Erie County COVID-19 hospitalizations is posted to the ECDOH Twitter and Facebook pages each weekday morning. 
05/27/2021 TICKS THRIVE IN WARMER WEATHER Erie County Department of Health advises residents to prevent bites and check for ticks on humans and pets
05/25/2021 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PROVIDES COVID-19 DATA UPDATE FOR WEEK ENDING MAY 25, 2021 The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is providing an update on our COVID-19 data for the week ending May 22, 2021.
05/24/2021 DUNKIN’ PROVIDES GIFT CARDS TO ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH COVID-19 VACCINATION PROGRAM Youth ages 12 and older will receive a $5 gift card at their Pfizer second-dose visits for use at any Dunkin’ restaurant
05/19/2021 ONE DAY, FIVE COVID-19 VACCINATION EVENTS: ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH OFFERS PFIZER AND J&J VACCINE Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York partners with ECDOH for vaccine clinic at Kleinhans Music Hall Parking Lot
05/14/2021 NEW CASES PER 100,000 RESIDENTS OVER SEVEN DAYS DROP BELOW 100 FOR ERIE COUNTY NEW CASES PER 100,000 RESIDENTS OVER SEVEN DAYS DROP BELOW 100 FOR ERIE COUNTY
05/13/2021 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WILL EXPAND COVID-19 VACCINATION TO YOUTH AGES 12-15 Appointments available at Pfizer vaccine clinics; walk-ins welcomeECDOH also announces one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine availability
05/11/2021 ERIE COUNTY INTRODUCES “VAX VISIT” SERVICE TO VACCINATE ANY ERIE COUNTY RESIDENT AT THEIR HOME Individuals and households can schedule at-home COVID-19 vaccination through the Erie County COVID-19 Information Line at (716) 858-2929
05/07/2021 WITH MORE THAN 800,000 SHOTS IN ARMS, 61% OF ELIGIBLE ERIE COUNTY RESIDENTS HAVE RECEIVED AT LEAST ONE DOSE OF COVID-19 VACCINE “We anticipate that the FDA will authorize emergency use for the Pfizer vaccine for youth ages 12 to 15, and our department is prepared,” said Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale...
04/29/2021 ERIE COUNTY PLANS PROM-THEMED “TEEN VACCINE” CLINICS ON MAY 1 Free giveaways, graduation party supply coupons offered to high school students who get vaccinated at SUNY ECC South, SUNY ECC North and McKinley High School
04/27/2021 ERIE COUNTY COVID-19 VACCINE OUTREACH EXPANDS TO THE RESTAURANT INDUSTRY Vaccine clinic for restaurant workers scheduled at Rich Products on May 1; on May 8, ECDOH will partner with Resurgence Brewing for a “drink for a dose” promotion  
04/26/2021 THREE “TEEN VACCINE” CLINICS PLANNED FOR MAY 1 Erie County Department of Health will run COVID-19 vaccination clinics with Pfizer and Moderna doses
04/23/2021 56% OF ELIGIBLE ERIE COUNTY RESIDENTS HAVE RECEIVED AT LEAST ONE DOSE OF COVID-19 VACCINE As of April 22, 46% of Erie County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, while 33% percent have completed the COVID-19 vaccine series.
04/22/2021 MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS EXPRESS SUPPORT FOR APPROACH TAKEN BY ERIE COUNTY DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS EXPRESS SUPPORT FOR APPROACH TAKEN BY ERIE COUNTY DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
04/21/2021 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PLANS FREE RABIES VACCINATION CLINICS FOR MAY Protect dogs, ferrets, and indoor & outdoor cats; appointments required.
04/16/2021 COVID-19 UPDATE: 43% OF ERIE COUNTY RESIDENTS HAVE RECEIVED AT LEAST ONE DOSE OF COVID-19 VACCINE A survey of contact tracing interviews shows 98% of last week’s new COVID-19 cases were not fully immunized; Genetic sequencing of Erie County resident samples continues to detect variants of...
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 16 & 17 year olds eligible for Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine
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-...
04/09/2021 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.
04/08/2021 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.
04/02/2021 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CAUTIONS RESIDENTS TO REDUCE COVID-19 RISKS AT HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS AND RECONSIDER SPRING BREAK TRAVEL For Erie County residents considering family celebrations and religious gatherings this upcoming weekend, the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is offering this guidance.
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). 
04/01/2021 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...
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
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. 
03/25/2021 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
03/24/2021 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.
03/19/2021 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...
03/16/2021 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SHARES FEEDBACK FROM COVID-19 CASE INVESTIGATIONS Interviews with newly diagnosed Erie County residents show common themes
03/12/2021 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). 
03/05/2021 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
03/04/2021 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...
03/02/2021 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. 
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
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
02/24/2021 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
02/19/2021 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
02/14/2021 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.
02/13/2021 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...
02/12/2021 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.
02/11/2021 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.
02/09/2021 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.
02/05/2021 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...
02/04/2021 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
02/01/2021 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
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
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  
01/26/2021 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
01/25/2021 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...
01/20/2021 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
01/16/2021 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CANCELS COVID VACCINE PODS BASED ON LACK OF SUPPLY All Vaccine Appointments for January 18 through 20 are Cancelled
01/14/2021 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.”
01/11/2021 COVID-19 VACCINE AVAILABILITY STATEMENT FROM THE ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH COVID-19 VACCINE AVAILABILITY STATEMENT FROM THE ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH 
01/01/2021 ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ANNOUNCES VIRTUAL NARCAN TRAINING SCHEDULE FOR WINTER 2021 Free online classes with morning, noon and evening options

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