Erie County tops 500 confirmed coronavirus cases

553 positive cases. Ten deaths.

WBEN Newsroom
March 31, 2020 - 3:11 pm
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz provides a coronavirus update. March 31, 2020 (Photo via Mark Poloncarz Facebook)

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz provides a coronavirus update. March 31, 2020 (Photo via Mark Poloncarz Facebook)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) – There are 553 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Erie County as of Tuesday evening.

In his daily update, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said eight people have died and 53 people have recovered, meaning there are still 438 people in isolation due to COVID-19.

Later, Poloncarz tweeted about two additional deaths, bringing the total to ten.

There are exactly 102 people who are hospitalized in the area, with 48 in the ICU and 39 who are in need of an airway assist.

Poloncarz stressed that it’s not just the elderly who are affected by the disease. He said young children are also contracting the disease.

Poloncarz was joined in his daily update by Parks Commissioner Troy Schinzel, who encouraged people to notify family members when they are going out on a hike or to the parks.

"Maintain social distancing and don't gather in groups," Schinzel said while adding that some areas are getting too full and too busy.

Schinzel encourages visits to parks to be short and to maintain a safe distance from groups. He said if parking lots are full, don't park on roadsides for safety reasons.

"We've seen an influx of people visiting our parks due to COVID-19," Schinzel said.

He also said elderly people should not visit parks and are urged to stay home.

Disc golf has also been removed from Erie County parks and Schinzel said they're limiting tennis to singles competitions only.

Poloncarz said he does not want to have to shut down the parks as a result of people not following guidelines.

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