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When Erie County was slammed by the COVID-19 pandemic just over a year ago, the county had to shut down many of its routine health operations and pivot to fighting the virus. In recent weeks, there has been a return to more normal operations and serious sexual ill-health problems are turning up at its sexual health clinic.

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Like many parts of the country, Erie County has gotten kind of stuck in a rut with vaccinations. Appointments at many Buffalo-area clinics were lagging...until the offer of free beer.

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Erie County is showing sign of having the same problems getting young people vaccinated against COVID-19 as with older groups.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz will hold his regular COVID-19 briefing Tuesday at 2 p.m. Watch it live here.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz held a COVID-19 update briefing in Buffalo, discussing the latest case numbers, as well as a new incentive for getting vaccinated. Watch it here.

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Erie County District Attorney John Flynn has announced that his office will re-examine all pending cases that involve criminal possession of marijuana.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz will hold his regular COVID-19 briefing at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Watch it here.

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The vocal parent group Western New York Students First wants Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein fired by the county executive for not allowing wide reopening of schools.

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Erie County health officials are seeing a surge in COVID infections among students.

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Public transit advocates spoke out about the need for the Erie County Legislature to put money being considered for road and bridge work this year, towards a public transit system they say is crumbling.

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Each day in Erie County, the math doesn't add up for its foster care system. There are some 900 children in foster care, but only about 150 certified foster parents and 140 adoptions each year. Now add a pandemic, and the answer to finding forever homes for these kids becomes even more difficult.


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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz will give his regular COVID-19 briefing at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Watch it live here.

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The state Department of Conservation said an Erie County woman got a rude awakening last week when a wayward turkey broke into her home.

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The number of New Yorkers able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine is about to dramatically increase, as those 30 and older became eligible Tuesday and those 16 and older will be eligible starting next week. Luckily for Erie County, it’s about to receive its largest weekly vaccine allocation yet.


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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz will give his regular COVID-19 briefing at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Watch it live here.

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Friday marks the 200th anniversary of the legal incorporation of Erie County. It also is the day the county will begin a year-long observation of the bicentennial, to be called EC200.

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Erie County’s COVID-19 positivity rate is sitting on a plateau. Officials say the problem appears to be in the workplace, with a failure to follow the rules and stop transmission among co-workers.

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Erie County’s COVID-19 infection rate has been falling since January and about a quarter of county residents have received at least the first dose of the vaccine. So Republicans in the county Legislature are questioning why County Executive Mark Poloncarz still has emergency powers.

 

  

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is holding his regular COVID-19 update briefing in Albany. Watch it here.

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A Catholic school in Amherst has rejected advice from the Erie County Health Department to go to virtual learning after nine COVID-19 cases were found in three classrooms. This comes as new vaccination sites open Wednesday.

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The KeyBank Center downtown will host a mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic for people over 65 years of age next week, becoming the third large-scale distribution point in 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.

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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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