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Erie County sees reduction in hospitalizations, provides testing to anyone with symptoms

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Posted at 3:53 PM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 15:53:58-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein said Monday afternoon that COVID-19 hospitalizations have declined and discharges have increased.

Testing for COVID-19 has increased as well, with more than 17,000 individuals already tested. The county's testing criteria includes any symptomatic individuals by appointment only.

Those with symptoms should call (716) 858-2929:

  • option 1 - for the public and general questions
  • option 2 - ill with COVID-19 symptoms with a primary care provider
  • option 3 - ill with COVID-19 symptoms without a primary care provider
  • option 4 - healthcare providers

Testing sites:

Kaleida Health testing site at Leroy R. Coles, Jr. Library - East Delevan Ave.

  • Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • For individuals with COVID-19 symptoms
  • By appointment only, prescription or referral from primary care provider preferred

NYS Department of Health testing site at Cobblestone District - Perry Street.

  • Drive through opened last week
  • Sampling for symptomatic individuals that are part of the high risk population:
  • close contact with a positive case
  • health care workers
  • nursing home employees
  • first responders
  • By appointment only. Call 888-364-3065

Dr. Burstein said Antibody testing is not a diagnostic test. It involves a blood draw or finger stick, and is available from some health care providers, some urgent care centers and Kaleida Health with a doctor's prescription.

She said people should get either the antibody test or the nasal swab test, but not both.

Domestic violence services:

All services are free and confidential, they include safety planning, medical assistance, assistance with pressing criminal charges and obtaining orders of protection, and shelter assistance.

The 24-hour domestic hotline is 1-800-942-6906. The Family Justice Center's number is (716) 558-7233. For Deaf and Hard of Hearing call 711, and for emergencies call 911.

Erie County Business Task Force's Resources for Business: