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Health & Wellness

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.