ERIE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PROVIDES COVID-19 DATA UPDATE FOR THE WEEK ENDING NOVEMBER 20, 2021

17.4% of 5-11 year olds in Erie County have at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine

ERIE COUNTY, NY – Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) provides update on COVID-19 data. For the week ending November 20, 2021, ECDOH received reports of 4,351 new cases of COVID-19 among residents of Erie County, an increase of 22% from the previous week. It also represents a 97% increase in COVID-19 cases over the past four weeks of reporting. Erie County’s COVID-19 case rate of 456 cases per 100,000 population in the past seven days for the week ending November 20 is an increase from the previous week’s case rate of 374. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has set a threshold case rate of 100 or more cases per 100,000 population in the past seven days for a community to be considered to have “high transmission.”

31% of new COVID-19 cases last week were among residents of the city of Buffalo. For reference, residents of the City of Buffalo make up 29% of all residents of Erie County. Last week, the zip codes with the highest seven-day case rates per 100,000 people were: 14111 (North Collins, 44 cases), 14218 (Lackawanna, 130 cases), 14085 (Lakeview, 47 cases) , 14072 (Grand Island, 127 cases) and 14059 (Elma, 55 cases). These five postal codes had case rates of over 600 cases per 100,000 population over seven days.

Investigations of contact tracing cases continue to note family and family groups of COVID-19 cases. As the holiday season approaches, ECDOH encourages people who plan to reunite with friends and family to stay home and away from others in the event of illness. Additionally, the COVID-19 test is a tool to make sure you know your COVID-19 status before small gatherings, especially if the other guests are seniors, have chronic or immunocompromised health issues, are pregnant or not. vaccinated.

About 46,000 COVID-19 test reports were received last week, a slight increase from the previous week’s total. ECDOH and Erie County healthcare providers still have substantial diagnostic testing capacity. People who show symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of their vaccination status, should seriously consider a COVID-19 diagnostic test. The New York State Department of Health maintains a list of testing locations. ECDOH has created a list of community COVID-19 testing resources for parents and caregivers. Free COVID-19 NAAT tests are available through ECDOH by calling 716-858-2929 to make an appointment. Appointments are required for COVID-19 testing via ECDOH. Waiting times for the ECDOH appointment line are longest in the morning. Callers can choose to call after 10 a.m. if they want to avoid a wait.

The 30-39 year old age group had the highest number of COVID-19 cases last week, representing a seven-day case rate of 756 per 100,000 people in that age group. The age groups with the highest positivity rates were school-aged children: 11.5% for 5-10 year olds; 14.4% for 11-13 year olds; and 12.8% for 14-17 year olds. Each of these categories has increased from the previous week. These higher positivity rates may reflect a lower relative number of tests in these age groups, and a higher likelihood that symptomatic children and adolescents will seek a COVID-19 test for the purpose of returning to school.

For children under 18, the total number of cases increased by 155 cases of COVID-19 last week from the previous week, to 1,125 cases of COVID-19. Cases among children under 18 accounted for 26% of all cases reported last week, an increase from October 2021, when that proportion was around 22-23%. More children now test positive every week than at any time during the pandemic.

The school team of the ECDOH Epidemiology Office manages a large number of cases among K-12 students and school staff. Data for the week ending November 13 is incomplete * as official test reports are pending. Totals for the week ending November 20 will be included in next week’s update. The 918 cases of COVID-19 among K-12 students for the week ending November 20 represent the highest total of COVID-19 weekly cases, including for the 2020-2021 school year.

With 258 COVID-19 hospitalizations reported in Erie County hospitals on November 21, 2021, the number of patients admitted to Erie County hospitals with COVID-19 has increased from a low of 173 hospitalizations to a high of 258 hospitalizations in the last two weeks [See chart at end of release]. 151 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 (59%) were not fully vaccinated. Of these patients, 35 (66%) of the 53 patients admitted to the ICU were not fully immunized; and, 22 (63%) of 35 ventilator patients were not fully immunized. Vaccines work to reduce the risk of serious illness and hospitalization. New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) releases statewide data on COVID-19 cases over time by immunization status and daily hospitalizations over time by status vaccine.

ECDOH reports mortality data linked to COVID-19. ECDOH has received reports of 20 deaths associated with COVID-19 in the past seven days. The total number of COVID-19-related deaths from March 2020 to November 18, 2021 now stands at 2,143, with 867 reported in 2021. CDC publishes national rates of COVID-related cases, hospitalizations and deaths. 19 by vaccination status on https: // covid. cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#rates-by-vaccine-status.

With data compiled by the ECDOH Office of Epidemiology through November 22, 2021, 17.4% of 5-11 year olds in Erie County have at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Additional data, including vaccination estimates by postcode, are published on the ECDOH website. NYSDOH also updates immunization data by demographic, county, and zip code.

ECDOH has an active schedule of COVID-19 vaccination clinics, listed at www.erie.gov/vax. Clinics for 5-11 year olds are listed at www.erie.gov/vax. ECDOH will also vaccinate any eligible resident of Erie County at their home. Call (716) 858-2929 for the “Vax Visit” program.

ECDOH encourages residents of Erie County who are not fully vaccinated to begin their COVID-19 vaccine series. Vaccination against COVID-19 is especially important for young people and families attending school or daycare.

ECDOH vaccination clinics will provide a COVID-19 booster dose to anyone 18 years of age and older as long as sufficient time has passed since the end of the initial series (6 months for Pfizer and Moderna; 2 months for NOT A WORD). ECDOH encourages people to review the recommended eligibility criteria for the recall, assess their risk factors and ask questions of their own doctor. NYSDOH has more information on booster doses.

Chart: Erie County hospitalization data, past two weeks (Nov 8, 2021 – Nov 21, 2021)
Data sources: New York State Department of Health and Erie County Hospitals

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ECDOH, COVID-19 vaccine information and clinic schedule: http://www.erie.gov/vax

ECDOH, COVID-19 Information Line: (716) 858-2929 – foreign language interpretation available

ECDOH, Weekly COVID-19 Data Updates: https://www2.erie.gov/health/index.php?q=covid-19-media-data

New York State Department of Health, COVID-19 Boosters: http://ny.gov/boosters

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