Erie County

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As millions more doses of now three anti-COVID vaccines start flooding out across the country, there will be more and more places to put your arm out for a shot locally.


Opioid deaths are up in Erie County after multiple years of decline. But that’s not all. County officials are concerned with the rise in cocaine related overdoses.

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Erie County’s COVID-19 infection and hospital rates continue to decline, but a more dangerous variant of the virus has now been confirmed in the county. 


Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office has announced two cases of the UK variant of the coronavirus have been reported in Erie County.

Erie County COVID-19 update for Feb. 16, 2021

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein held a COVID-19 update briefing Tuesday, Feb. 16. Watch it here.

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The supply of COVID-19 vaccine continues to disrupt Erie County’s handling of the issue, even as the governor has expanded the list of essential workers entitled to the shots and the president is sending New York State 5% more vials.

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New analyses of COVID-19 data in Erie County shows more people have died in the last four months from the virus than in the first six months of the pandemic.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz told his COVID briefing Tuesday he may have to cancel vaccination clinics set for Thursday and Friday because expected vaccine hasn’t shown up yet.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is giving is regular COVID-19 briefing Monday. Watch it live here at 2:30 p.m.

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Employment in the Buffalo area is improving a little bit, although that’s from a very low base this spring when the COVID-19 pandemic hammered the job market.

Erie County has changed its COVID-19 quarantine guidelines.

The Erie County Back to Business Grant Program has issued its final report regarding direct financial assistance from the federal CARES Act through the county and 43 North.

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Some 50-square miles of Erie and Cattaraugus counties that were in rough economic and social shape before the COVID pandemic is in much worse shape now. That is from Rural Outreach Center Executive Director Henry Cerny, whose agency serves the area from an office just outside East Aurora.

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Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard at times has said publicly he won’t enforce edicts from Albany he doesn’t agree with, like the SAFE Act gun control legislation and, more recently, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 10-person limit on Thanksgiving gatherings.

But to hear Steve Felano tell it, Howard hasn’t gone far enough.

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Healthcare workers across the country started receiving COVID-19 vaccinations Monday. When can that be expected to happen in Western New York?

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Erie County officials say COVID hospitalization rates have stabilized for now, but are concerned about the numbers to come in the next few days. Earlier in the day, the nation's top infectious disease expert appeared during Gov. Andrew Cuomo's COVID briefing to suggest that without sincere mitigation, the state - and others - will see a dark period in mid-January.

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Dec. 2 marked new, dubious highs for Erie County, with the highest one-day number of new infections and highest hospitalizations since the COVID pandemic arrived earlier this year.

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The Erie County Comptroller announced he is changing the rules for collecting all COVID-related fines.

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Erie County's COVID-19 numbers continue to get worse and more people are dying: 11 on Saturday. Even so, County Executive Mark Poloncarz told his afternoon briefing Mondday he isn't sure the county or other counties with bad virus numbers are going to go into the Red Zone.

Over the weekend, Erie County Board of Elections Commissioners Ralph Mohr and Jeremy Zellner announced the certification of the 2020 general election.

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How to spend Erie County's money was up to the public Monday evening, in an annual ritual of the county budget process.

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The Erie County Department of the Health has begun notifying the county Legislature about COVID-19 outbreaks in local nursing homes, but it is still not notifying the general public.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz declared Thursday that COVID case numbers continue to increase, and he predicts a "dark time" in the coming weeks.

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There was no decision made by Gov. Andrew Cuomo Monday whether the portion of Erie County already in a COVID "yellow zone" may soon move to orange or red restrictions. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said he expected to hear from Albany soon, while admitting the rising case numbers are discouraging.

Erie County Board of Elections

Monday is the last day for those involved in tough elections in Erie County to object to some votes cast, before the final count starts Tuesday.

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The Erie County Health Department is changing its COVID-19 diagnostic testing criteria.

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It's going to be a long November for some local political candidates in Erie County, with counting of mailed-in ballots weeks away and the final deadline after Thanksgiving.

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Voters are clearly excited about this presidential election, as they vote early in person or by mail.

The Poloncarz administration has announced a new grant program called Erie County Back to Business, funded with $20 million from the federal CARES Act.

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Erie County is faced with major spending cuts for next year, after cutting planned spending this year. County Executive Mark Poloncarz is working with an alliance of government, community and business groups pleading with Washington for another bailout of state and local governments.