Latest coronavirus numbers; Burstein warns of scams

Apr 12, 2020

The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the eight counties of Western New York climbed to 1,948 on Saturday. Of that total, the vast majority are in Erie County: 1,558.

There have been 57 coronavirus related deaths in the county.

At a Saturday briefing, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said a delivery of more N-95 masks, face shields, gowns and gloves is expected tomorrow for distribution to local hospitals.

Phone and web scams have been ongoing with COVID-19 related products. Some offer so-called cures, vaccines, treatment medications and home test kits.

Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein is warning residents these non-FDA approved or out-right fake products pose a danger.

"There is no rapid test right now that people can do for COVID-19, " Burstein said. "We know there are a lot of scammers out there, offering safe testing that has not been FDA approved.

"At the same time, these scams are collecting personal information that could affect your credit card or bank account. You have to really be careful."

People who are symptomatic can either contact their primary healthcare provider or can now call the county health hepartment directly to see if you are deemed eligible for a test.