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Erie County sees 22% increase in COVID cases over Labor Day holiday

A graph of Erie County COVID-19 hospitalizations March 2020-present
Erie County Health Department

The Erie County Department of Health reports that for the week ending Sept. 4, it received confirmed 1,326 new COVID-19 cases among county residents, a 22% increase from the previous week.

The COVID-19 case rate of 139 cases per 100,000 residents in the past seven days for the week ending Sept. 4 is an increase from the previous week’s case rate of 114.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention set a case rate threshold of 100 or more for a community to be considered to have “high transmission.”

Health officials said 26% of last week's new COVID-19 cases were among City of Buffalo residents, 18 deaths were associated with COVID-19 in the past seven days and 39 COVID-19-related deaths were reported for August, compared with 11 in July 2021 and 18 in June 2021.

Total COVID-19-related deaths in Erie County from the start of the pandemic in March 2020 to Sept. 2, 2021 now stand at 1,975, with 699 reported in 2021.

Mark Wozniak, WBFO's local All Things Considered host, has been at WBFO since mid-1978.