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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.

Erie County’s long planned broadband internet program is starting to make some important headway. 

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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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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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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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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 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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The Buffalo Bills officially have a new name for their stadium, as the team has reached a naming rights agreement with health insurer Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York. 

 


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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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Starting Wednesday, KeyBank Center will open its Lexus Club as a COVID-19 vaccination site.

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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 legislators hoping to pull back County Executive Mark Poloncarz’s COVID emergency powers will need to wait longer to vote on the matter.

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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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This last year has been bad for many, not just because of the coronavirus, but schools closing or operating part-time and many parents working from home. All of that works if those homes have internet access and many don’t.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz stood at the corner of Perry and Main streets in downtown Buffalo Wednesday afternoon, directing people on how to get into KeyBank Center from the HarborCenter.

The home of the Buffalo Sabres and the Buffalo Bandits joins Erie Community College’s North and South Campuses as mass COVID-19 vaccination sites for county residents.


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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 American Rescue Plan Act, recently passed by the Senate and awaiting approval from the House of Representatives, is set to provide $1.9 trillion in COVID-19 relief. How much of it will be coming to Western New York?


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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. 

 

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Erie County Legislators have voted to restore a position within the Department of Social Services that comes with a hefty raise. Opponents of the hire say the County Executive overstepped his authority to bring back the position, while the Comptroller claims it’s a political patronage hire designed to create an upcoming candidacy for political office – the one he seeks next.

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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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz hosted his latest COVID-19 update briefing Tuesday in Buffalo. 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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