39 dead in Erie County because of coronavirus

COVID-19 cases increase to 1,234

Mike Baggerman
April 07, 2020 - 2:39 pm

Old County Hall and Erie County Legislature building. October 9, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - The death toll in Erie County is now at 39 as 1,234 people have contracted coronavirus.

"I had the unfortunateness of having to talk to one of our own staff members who lost a step-brother down in the health department," Poloncarz said. "This is touching all sorts of families. I want people to understand this is serious and that people are unfortunately passing as a result of coronavirus and COVID-19. To all family members, you have our deepest sympathies and condolences during this difficult time."

There are 263 people who have recovered from COVID-19 locally. More than 200 people have been hospitalized in Erie County, many of whom are in the ICU and require a ventilator.

WATCH: Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz' daily COVID-19 update

Poloncarz expects hospitalizations to increase substantially in the coming days and weeks with the worst of the coronavirus symptoms. Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein said those numbers are already starting to increase. She said ICU numbers and the number of ventilators being used are increasing.


Among the new developments is that the agriculture industry is dumping milk because they aren't selling enough of it due to restrictions from grocery stores. Poloncarz said stores should lift the restrictions.

"Farmers have an excess supply of milk so there should be no reason to restrict milk at this point," Poloncarz said. "We want people to buy the milk they need."



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