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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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The average age of COVID-19 patients in Erie County continues to drop heavily, because there has been so much effort to vaccinate older residents. Now young people playing sports has become a major issue.

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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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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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Parents rallied Tuesday to demand Erie County ease social distancing rules in schools and allow students to attend full time, while county officials maintained the decision is out of their hands.

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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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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.


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. 


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

New York State Department of Health

Mark Poloncarz and Stefan Mychajliw are at it again. This time, Poloncarz - the current Democratic County Executive and former County Comptroller - and Mychajliw - the current Republican County Comptroller - are at odds about fines levied against businesses for violating state COVID-19 health and safety mandates.

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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.

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Erie County could be locked down by Albany again, as early as Wednesday, as its latest COVID-19 cases are well above the levels for "red" status.

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While a lot of people are becoming ill — and sometimes very ill — from COVID-19, it continues to disproportionately hit minority groups, many of whom fall into the "essential worker" category, which means they have to go to work in reality, not virtually.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein are pleading with the public to scale down Thanksgiving plans as one of many steps to prevent the county's COVID rates from continuing to rise.

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

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is warning schools that if they don't enforce mask rules in their buildings, they are potentially in danger of being shut down.

The number of people driving under the influence is rising rapidly in Erie County, judging by the arrest statistics so far this year.

New York State Department of Health

COVID-19 cases continue to pile up in Erie County and the death toll continues to rise, with seven county residents dying in just the last week, mostly in nursing homes. That brings the death toll since the pandemic began to 689.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says hundreds of gyms, fitness centers and other operations are in danger of being shut down because they didn't follow the rules related to COVID-19.

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The Erie County Department of Health has closed several bars and restaurants for allegedly not following COVID-19 regulations, and county lawmakers want to know if the shutdowns were justified.



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A group of positive COVID-19 cases identified within a Buffalo church is prompting a one-day diagnostic clinic to check for more potential cases.

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When travelers arrive at airports across New York State Tuesday, they will be greeted with State Health Department forms -- if they have come from the array of 19 states where the COVID-19 cases are high, like Florida and Arizona.

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Erie County is continuing to see the gradual slide downwards in COVID-19 cases and deaths, and may have emerged unscathed from people over Memorial Day weekend who shed social distancing rules for sun and heat. County Executive Mark Poloncarz said this means the county is continuing on a path to a Phase Three re-opening, which would allow indoor operations in bars and restaurants, potentially as early as Tuesday.

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Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein says concern and fear of the novel coronavirus is keeping people from getting health care they need and keeping parents from taking their kids in for routine care and routine vaccinations.

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Erie County is starting to move aggressively into antibody testing of residents.


Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said the continually rising totals of county residents being admitted to hospitals and those dying from the coronavirus mean the crisis locally is far from over.

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A longtime Hertel Avenue bar is closed after a neighborhood resident reported what Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz described as an "unofficial happy hour" at Gabels.