Erie County Health Department

Erie County Department of Health

The loneliness and isolation of the pandemic appears to be fueling a significant rise in drug overdoses in Erie County.

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The COVID death toll continues to rise in Erie County, with ages of the dead across the board. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is pleading with citizens to avoid traditional gatherings of the holiday season. He says the lesson of Thanksgiving is that family gatherings can be lethal.

Erie County's register of COVID-19 cases has taken a big leap. The county Health Department has confirmed 38 new cases in Eden, essentially doubling the town's total.

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Opioid-related deaths are expected to rise in Erie County this year, ending a three-year downward trend. But county leaders say there's also a projected steep rise in fatalities involving cocaine mixed with heroin or fentanyl.

The Erie County Health Department wants to know more about the major contract tracing initiative for positive cases of COVID-19 that was announced Wednesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the New York City and tri-state area. 

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.

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The Erie County Sheriff's Department is grappling with the case of a man apprehended Wednesday by Customs at the Peace Bridge on his return from China. "We are taking these measures," said Public Information Officer Scott Zylka regarding the man who was taken from the Peace Bridge to the Holding Center.  "If things again turn the wrong way, it could become a bigger incident than it already is."


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It's time to roll up your sleeve, or expose that shoulder, and bite hard as the flu shot needle goes into your skin.

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A former Erie County Health Department inspector could face up to two years in jail, after admitting he filed false inspection reports for numerous restaurants he was scheduled to check. Timothy Bean pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to 14 misdemeanor counts of official misconduct.

An Erie County health worker may have falsified dozens of restaurant inspection reports, prompting local officials to look into the matter.

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U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer is using the nationwide shingles vaccine shortage as another example of why the federal government needs to get back to work. He spoke at a New York pharmacy to demonstrate the extent of the shutdown, which is now nearly a month old.

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The Erie County Health Department is investigating a possible case of measles at Williamsville South High School. Exposure may have occurred on Friday.

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The Erie County Health Department is dealing with an unusual double-barreled health problem—a measles case and an active case of tuberculosis.


As Erie County health officials find hope in signs of a decline in opioid-related deaths, one of the key methods of combating the epidemic continues to be trained – identifying the signs of overdose and learning how to reverse it. And for every reason out there to train, it all comes down to wanting to save a life.


While the Erie County Health Department will not begin its formal surveillance of influenza until October 1, the health commissioner is urging the public to get ahead on the flu season by getting a shot.

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Not feeling well? Maybe with a fever and a tummy that doesn't feel good? You may have joined this year's early flu season.

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The Erie County Health Department reported Monday that West Nile Virus was positively identified within a pool of mosquitoes tested in the Town of Amherst.  State health officials are reminding the public to take precautionary steps to slow its spread.


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Crews have started airdropping rabies vaccine baits throughout rural areas of Erie County as part of a broader initiative to reduce rabies in animals along the Eastern Seaboard and along the Canadian Border.

Five fixed-wing aircraft are distributing baits through August 20. Additional distribution efforts in late August and early September in some open areas of Buffalo and in nearby towns and villages.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Members of the Erie County Legislature continue to discuss a proposal to provide $1 million for efforts against an ongoing opioid addiction crisis. But at Thursday's Health and Human Services Committee meeting, it was clear that lawmakers are divided on how the money should be spent, and how soon it may be spent.


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An investigative report released by Reuters News shows the City of Buffalo to be one of the most at-risk cities in the nation for child exposure to lead. Such exposure is linked to hindered learning and behavioral development. While the city and Erie County are making progress, there are fears proposed federal budget cuts could set back prevention efforts.


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A deadly batch of heroin is suspected in the deaths of seven Erie County residents in one day - the average number of overdose deaths in a week.

A Lake Effect Snow Warning has been issued for Erie and Genesee Counties, from 1 p.m. today through 1 a.m. Thursday. Tony Ansuini of the National Weather Service expects heavy snow and strong winds will make for a difficult afternoon commute.


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There has been a recall of one of the key weapons in the fight against fatal opioid abuse overdoses -- naloxone.

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Mighty Taco has issued an update on what is suspected to be a bad batch of refried beans that sickened 140 people between September 30 and October 6.

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More than 140 people have been identified as reporting nausea and vomiting after eating at an Erie County Mighty Taco, according to the Erie County Health Department.

More than 100 people have reported becoming ill in recent days after eating at Mighty Taco locations. The Erie County Health Department offered an update Friday on the series of illnesses linked to the popular fast food chain.


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A possible foodborne illness is under investigation at Mighty Taco fast food restaurant locations in Western New York.

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After months of preparation, Erie County's Opioid Epidemic Task Force formally rolled out a three-part campaign Monday designed to provide easier connections between addicts and the treatment programs that can help them. It didn't take long for some of those services to get busy.


Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein has confirmed the first case of the Zika virus in the county.

New cases of syphilis in Erie County have surged nearly fourfold over a five-year span. Local health officials say anonymous sexual encounters arranged online are fueling the spread of the sexually transmitted disease.


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