Erie County COVID-19 testing in holding pattern

21 COVID-19 cases in Erie County as of Wednesday night
Posted at 8:29 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 16:57:48-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBKBW) — Erie County is in a holding pattern when it comes to COVID-19 testing, according to the county health department. Dr. Gale Burstein, the Erie County Health Commissioner, said due to lab supply, testing cannot continue beyond what's already scheduled and the department will not schedule new testing until materials arrive.

There are 328 cases pending for testing as of Wednesday night in Erie County. So far 178 Erie County residents have been tested by all of the labs. The timeline for when the Erie County Health Lab will be getting needed testing materials remains unclear Wednesday night. Dr. Burstein noted the county lab is in competition with dozens of labs across the nation for testing materials and the shortage is a national issue.

Those in need of tests are asked to consult with your doctor or urgent care provider. Testing is still being done at both LabCorp and Quest.

Erie County officials also announced an additional confirmed case of COVID-19 in North Collins bringing the total number of cases Wednesday night to 21. Across the county, 241 people are in quarantine.

Later Wednesday it was announced six additional cases were confirmed, bringing the county total to 27 confirmed cases.

If you were at the following places at the listed times below, you are being asked to self monitor your symptoms.

  • 3/10, West Jet Airline, Flight 4 from London to Toronto, arriving at 11:10 a.m.
  • 3/10, United Flight 4233 from Chicago to Buffalo, arriving 8:30 p.m
  • 3/11, WellNow Urgent Care on Transit Road in East Amherst
  • 3/11, 3-7 p.m., Larkin Center Office Building at 701 Seneca Street in Buffalo
  • 3/13, 1 p.m., Walmart on Niagara Falls Blvd. in North Tonawanda
  • 3/14, 3-3:30 p.m., Wegmans in Blasdell
  • 3/14, 7:30 p.m., Bed Bath and Beyond on McKinley Pkwy. in Blasdell
  • 3/15, 11:30 a.m., Orange Theory Fitness on McKinley Pkwy.
  • 3/15, midday, CVS on Main Street in East Aurora
  • 3/16, 3 p.m., Target on Niagara Falls Blvd. in Amherst

The Erie County Child Care Task Force is working with the YMCA and 10 school districts countywide to provide free child care to health care workers and first responders. County officials asked the public to not send their children to daycare if they are at home.