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COVID-19 updates for Western New York counties on May 23

On Saturday, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz stated that based on statistics, non-Erie County WNY hospitals 'must have had increased patients' on May 21.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Western New York is comprised of eight counties: Erie, Niagara, Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties. 

We will continue to update this page with updates on each of the eight counties as they become available on Saturday.

Erie County 

On Saturday, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz stated that based on statistics, non-Erie County Western New York hospitals "must have had increased patients" on May 21.

The county executive explained that in that day, hospitalizations at Erie County hospitals decreased in a larger amount than Western New York as a whole. 

On May 21, hospitalizations in Western New York as whole dropped to 177, down four from the day before. That same day in Erie County, hospitalizations dropped to 165, down 13 from the day before. 

Additionally, on May 21 ICU patients dropped from 38 to 33. Of those 33 ICU patients, 27 required airway assist/intubations, a decrease of three from the day before. 

Discharges exceeded admissions on May 21, with 25 discharges compared to nine admissions. Six people died in Erie County hospitals on May 21.  

On Friday night, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz shared that there are now 5,465 cases of COVID-19 within the county. The county executive also reported eight more deaths, bringing the total to 480.

The Health Department said it has conducted 40,291 coronavirus diagnostic tests so far. On Thursday alone, over 2,200 tests were conducted in Erie County.

Niagara County 

On Saturday, the Niagara County Health Department's coronavirus tracking map reported no new COVID-19 related deaths since Thursday. There are a total of 59 deaths in the county.

The map shows that there are no new confirmed cases of coronavirus, since Friday, keeping the total number of confirmed cases at 936. 

The Health Department's map shows 263 active cases. A total of 614 residents have recovered from coronavirus in the county. 

Anyone in Niagara County who is looking to get tested for COVID-19 at Niagara Community College must call the New York State hotline at 1-888-364-3065. Drive-thru testing is by appointment only.

Cattaraugus County

The Cattaraugus County Health Department reported one new case on Saturday. The county currently has 60 confirmed cases. The county has now run more than 3,000 tests.

The Cattaraugus County's COVID-19 tracking map shows that 17 cases are currently active. 

Overall, there have been two deaths, 41 recoveries (up one), 69 people who are now under quarantine/isolation orders (up one), and 2,985 negative test results out of 3,286 tests.

Chautauqua County

Chautauqua County reported two new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday afternoon. Chautauqua County now has 72 confirmed cases, 28 of them are active and four people have died. 

The Chautauqua County Public Health Director currently has 171 cases under quarantine or isolation orders due to showing symptoms, awaiting test results, or having risk factors.

Chautauqua reports having 2,227 negative test results to date. 

Allegany County

No new cases were reported on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, with the total number of confirmed cases holding at 44. 

Overall, there has been one death, 41 recoveries, and 10 people who are now under quarantine/isolation orders. A total of 627 people have been released from quarantine/isolation out of 637.

Wyoming County 

The Wyoming County Health Department did not report any new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, although it did not report any new test results on Saturday. 

The county currently has 76 positive cases of COVID-19. There are three cases currently active. 

Overall, there have been five deaths and 68 recoveries. Currently three residents are in mandatory isolation and 12 are in mandatory quarantine.

The county reports 1,383 negative test results as of Saturday (no increase), out of 1,459 total tests (no increase).

Genesee County

The county reported no new cases on Friday and Saturday, with the total number of cases sitting at 178. At this time, four people have died and 112 people have recovered.

As of Friday, 11 residents are under mandatory isolation orders, and 42 people are in mandatory quarantine. There are 11 active cases, down three from Thursday. The county reports 2,569 negative test results out of 2,747 tests. 

Orleans County

The county reported no new cases on Saturday. 

There were 23 new cases on Friday, bringing the total to 194. The Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments also reported that five more residents died, bringing the total to 28. Fifty-nine residents have recovered.

As of Friday, 17 residents are in mandatory isolation, while 70 people are in mandatory quarantine. The county reports 1,429 tests have come back negative out of 1,623 total. There are 17 active cases, down one from Thursday.

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Coronavirus symptoms

The symptoms of coronavirus can be similar to the flu or a bad cold. Symptoms include a fever, cough and shortness of breath, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Most healthy people will have mild symptoms. A study of more than 72,000 patients by the Centers for Disease Control in China showed 80 percent of the cases there were mild.

But infections can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death, according to the World Health Organization. Older people with underlying health conditions are most at risk.

The CDC believes symptoms may appear anywhere from two to 14 days after being exposed.

Human coronaviruses are usually spread through...

  • The air by coughing or sneezing

  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands

  • The CDC also said it may be possible to spread COVID-19  by touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands. However, it's not believed to be the main way the virus is spread. 

Help stop the spread of coronavirus 

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Eat and sleep separately from your family members

  • Use different utensils and dishes

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, hot your hand.

  • If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash.

Lower your risk

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

  • If you are 60 or over and have an underlying health condition such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or respiratory illnesses like asthma or COPD, the World Health Organization advises you to try to avoid crowds or places where you might interact with people who are sick.

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