Death toll in Erie County surpasses 50

53 people die from coronavirus; 1,440 total cases confirmed

Mike Baggerman
April 09, 2020 - 2:31 pm
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Health Commissioner Gale Burstein update public on coronavirus pandemic. March 16, 2020 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Health Commissioner Gale Burstein update public on coronavirus pandemic. March 16, 2020 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Erie County has now confirmed that 53 people have died from coronavirus and 1,440 have contracted the virus locally.

The death toll increased from 46 on Wednesday night. There are 360 people who have recovered from coronavirus, though there are still more than 1,000 active cases in the community.

Of the deaths, 61 percent were of people age 70 and above. The youngest of the deaths was a woman in her 30s.

There are 216 people who are currently in the hospital, though the newest data announced by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz reflects information reported the previous day, meaning the number is likely higher than what is said during each update. Of those 216 people, 118 are in the ICU and all but seven needed a ventilator.

Poloncarz said that there is some stabilization at hospitals related to coronavirus.

Among the new initiatives announced by the county executive was his executive order preventing businesses from denying entry into their building to people wearing a mask or gloves. His executive order also prohibits employers from denying their employees the ability to wear gloves or masks while they are at work. That executive order took effect at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Poloncarz said anyone who wants to report a business for violating the executive order can contact the COVID-19 hotline at (716) 858-2929.

 

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