Erie County coronavirus cases at 603

12 people have died because of coronavirus, 74 recoveries

Mike Baggerman
April 01, 2020 - 2:58 pm

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Erie County is reporting 603 cases of coronavirus as of Wednesday evening.

Of those cases, 12 people have died while 74 have recovered. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said Wednesday that 127 people have been hospitalized in Erie County. Of those people, 55 people are in the ICU. All but one of the people in the ICU are receiving some form of assisted breathing.

There have been 12 deaths attributable to COVID-19 since the first reported death on March 24. The most recent death was a male who is in the age 80 and above category.

The following is a breakdown of deaths by gender and age as of 5p.m. today (Wednesday, April 1.)

  • Age 40 to 49: one female
  • Age 60 to 69: two males
  • Age 70 to 79: two males, one female
  • Age 80 and above: four males, two females


While officials have said to assume that coronavirus is everywhere in the community, Poloncarz confirmed that the Town of Boston received its first confirmed case of the illness. Poloncarz also confirmed that an Erie County employee is in critical condition in the hospital due to the illness.

"We believe that person contracted it outside from community spread and not in this building," Poloncarz said. "I do want to offer my thoughts and best wishes to that person's family as they go through recovery. It's always a very sad time when any family member has to go to the hospital and to the ICU unit."

Poloncarz said that more males have coronavirus than females, though more younger females (under 50) have coronavirus than males and men age 50 and older have it than women.

"This is a non-discriminatory illness," Poloncarz said.

Poloncarz continues to stress proper social distancing and for people to stay at home.

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