ERIE COUNTY (WKBW) — Individuals hospitalized due to COVID-19 in Erie County has hit a new high, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said Wednesday.
As of April 27, 258 people in Erie County were hospitalized due to COVID-19 a new high for the county. Of those individuals, 116 were in the ICU and 74 had an airway assist.
The county executive said there has been an uptick over the last two weeks.
2-week hospitalization data. We have seen a bit of an uptick in hospitalizations in the last two weeks pic.twitter.com/uuUIfy53M5— Mark Poloncarz (@markpoloncarz) April 29, 2020
Hospitalizations have also outpaced discharges over the last three days of data.
The New York PAUSE executive order is in place until at least May 15, Governor Cuomo has said a region may reopen if it sees a two-week decline in COVID-19 hospitalization rate, something Erie County has not seen.
Some folks are getting anxious about "opening up." We will not be doing that until at least May 15 per NYS PAUSE Order. The only way we can open up is to reduce hospital capacity. That means we need you to stay home and be safe. pic.twitter.com/1UbT6L6S33— Mark Poloncarz (@markpoloncarz) April 29, 2020
As of April 29 there were 3,224 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county, with 247 people deaths reported.