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COVID-19 hospitalizations hit new high in Erie County

Posted at 3:26 PM, Apr 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-29 15:28:06-04

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.

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.

As of April 29 there were 3,224 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county, with 247 people deaths reported.