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Erie County is preparing to  rent property for makeshift quarantine centers and hospitals, as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's mandate to increase capacity by 100 percent.

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Erie County has its first evidence of community spread of COVID-19, meaning the new coronavirus is officially being transmitted between county residents and officials can longer be certain how residents were exposed.

 

 

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Seven individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in Erie County and officials are asking anyone who visited certain locations over the past two weeks to self-monitor for symptoms.

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Staying isolated in your bedroom. Using a bathroom that’s only used by you. Texting your temperature to health officials.

 

That’s life for the approximately 116 Erie County residents under 14-day voluntary quarantine due to the new coronavirus. Those quarantined don’t necessarily have the virus — no one in Erie County has tested positive thus far — but they are being monitored due to recent travel history or because they’ve been in contact with someone who does have the virus, as per U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

 


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Erie County has changed its policy regarding the coronavirus, in an effort to preserve the privacy of individuals affected while keeping the public informed and safe.

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While the two Erie County families who recently traveled to Italy have tested negative for the new coronavirus, county officials warn the local fight against the outbreak, and the testing of more county residents, is far from over.

 


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Despite no confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus in Western New York, Erie County officials are preparing for the worst.


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Families and staff in the Frontier Central School District are mourning the death of a student.

Schools Superintendent Richard Hughes announced the death of 11-year-old Luca Callani on the district website. Hughes said Calanni passed away Saturday after complications of the flu and was a student at Pinehurst Elementary in Lakeview.

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Erie County officials received the influenza vaccine Wednesday in an effort to encourage residents to do the same.

 

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With New York's death rate for new mothers nearly doubling in very recent years, Albany has convened experts from across the state as the Maternal Mortality Advisory Council to figure out what is going on.


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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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The serious lung disease blamed on vaping and the use of electronic cigarettes has hit Western New York and research scientists are racing to figure out what's going on.


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Large crowds turned out Saturday for day one of the 36th annual Taste of Buffalo downtown.

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Four Western New York hospitals have been added to the growing list of places where people can safely get rid of used needles and unwanted medications.

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A surprising second viral wave has helped this year's flu season reach 21 weeks in the United States. And it’s still going.

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A new case of Hepatitis A has been confirmed by the Erie County Health Department. The case is tied to a restaurant worker at Destiny's on Fillmore Avenue in Buffalo.

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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.


Erie County is continuing to respond to this year’s rise in Hepatitis A cases with an immunization clinic in Buffalo.

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Erie County’s effort to combat opioid addiction and overdose is on track to get a more than $3.4 million boost from the federal government.


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Four new cases of Hepatitis A stemming from a local pizzeria mark the latest in a significant increase of the virus in Erie County. Officials are recommending any resident without a complete series of Hepatitis A vaccinations get fully immunized.

Erie County is celebrating the first major sign of success in its battle against the opioid epidemic.


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Erie County is bringing in large quantities of the Hepatitis A vaccine, in the wake of discovering a client of the Buffalo City Mission has been diagnosed with the disease.

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The extent of Buffalo’s childhood lead poisoning epidemic may be worse than documented by government agencies. Many children may not be getting tested for lead in their blood in a city that has been described as “ground zero” for the lead poisoning across upstate New York.


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A food service worker employed at two Erie County establishments has a confirmed case of Hepatitis A and may have infected others.

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World AIDS Day – a global effort to bring attention to the ongoing HIV epidemic – is being observed today. In Erie County, where more than 100 new cases of HIV are diagnosed each year, the County’s Department of Health is working to raise awareness through the media, online, and with partners in the community. Here’s what the county’s top doctor wants you to know.


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Many smokers are  being put to the test today as the Great American Smokeout is staged throughout the country. The event challenges smokers to take an early step in kicking the habit.

Opioids: Fearing a lost generation

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In Western New York, addiction is everywhere - from cities to suburbs to rural areas. Medical experts say treatment facilities should be where the patients live.


A "boil water" notice continues for communities in the northtowns affected by Wednesday night's water main break, though there was positive news from the Erie County Health Department Friday.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is calling for a ban on the sale of cigarettes and electronic cigarettes at pharmacies in the county.

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Albany has toughened the requirements for vaccinating school students, starting with those attending kindergarten.


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