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Erie County 9th in U.S. in COVID-19 cases over past 28 days, according to Johns Hopkins University

TESTINGVAZQUEZ
Posted at 5:30 PM, Dec 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-07 17:30:50-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Erie County is 9th in the U.S. in COVID-19 cases over the past 28 days, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

According to the data, Erie County has had 17,484 COVID-19 cases and 107 deaths over the past 28 days.

The data is not weighted by population size.

The only counties in the U.S. with more COVID-19 cases in the last 28 days are:

  • Maricopa, Arizona - 60,810
  • Cook, Illinois - 41,434
  • Los Angeles, California - 33,786
  • Wayne, Michigan - 30,960
  • Oakland, Michigan - 23,931
  • Hennepin, Minnesota - 20,166
  • Macomb, Michigan - 19,939
  • Cuyahoga, Ohio -18,654

According to the latest data from Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, on December 5 Erie County hospitals had 376 COVID-19 patients, 69 of which were in the ICU and 50 on an airway assist. Of the 376 hospital patients 257 were not fully vaccinated and 119 were vaccinated.

According to data from Poloncarz from November 7, Erie County hospitals had 168 COVID-19 patients, 35 of which were in the ICU and 21 were on an airway assist. Of the 168 hospital patients, 112 were not fully vaccinated and 56 were vaccinated.

Erie County is currently in Phase 1 of a potential four-phase approach announced by the county in November as a response to rising COVID-19 case numbers. You can find more information here.

Seven Western New York hospitals will limit elective surgeries under a New York State executive order aimed at boosting hospital capacity as COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations have risen.