Erie County designated “high” COVID-19 community level, masks recommended

Erie County designated “excessive” COVID-19 group stage, masks really useful

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BUFFALO, NY (MB) — Erie County has moved again into the “excessive” COVID-19 group stage primarily based on Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention benchmarks.

The CDC designates group ranges primarily based on the variety of new every day COVID-19 instances per 100,000 residents over seven days, new COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 inhabitants (seven-day complete), and p.c of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 sufferers (seven-day common).

On April 21, ECDOH confirmed 658 new COVID-19 instances and three,427 complete instances over the previous seven days. As well as, over the previous seven days, there have been 359 new instances per 100,000 Erie County residents. The positivity charge sat at 18.2% and the seven-day positivity charge was 17%.

Primarily based on knowledge from April 20, there have been 79 folks with COVID-19 in Erie County hospitals, and 31 of these sufferers had been admitted as a result of COVID-19.

In response, the Erie County Division of Well being has launched “suggestions,” not necessities, to fight COVID:

  • Put on a well-fitting masks indoors in public, no matter vaccination standing (together with in Ok-12 colleges and different indoor group settings)
  • Keep updated with COVID-19 vaccines
  • Get examined if in case you have signs
  • If you’re immunocompromised or excessive danger for extreme illness
  • Put on a masks or respirator that gives you with larger safety
  • Take into account avoiding non-essential indoor actions in public the place you possibly can be uncovered
  • Discuss to your healthcare supplier about whether or not you have to take different precautions (eg, testing)
  • Have a plan for fast testing if wanted (eg, having house exams or entry to testing)
  • Discuss to your healthcare supplier about whether or not you’re a candidate for remedies like oral antivirals, PrEP, and monoclonal antibodies
  • When you have family or social contact with somebody at excessive danger for extreme illness
  • Take into account self-testing to detect an infection earlier than contact
  • Take into account carrying a masks when indoors with them
  • Keep updated with COVID-19 vaccines and boosters
  • Keep improved air flow all through indoor areas when potential
  • Comply with CDC suggestions for isolation and quarantine, together with getting examined if you’re uncovered to COVID-19 or have signs of COVID-19.

“There was no course from state or native well being officers that masks are required in colleges,” mentioned Michael Cornell, president, Erie-Niagara Faculty Superintendents Affiliation.

“These suggestions are fundamental protecting measures that we’re all aware of at this level within the pandemic,” mentioned Commissioner of Well being Dr. Gale Burstein. “Our division has walk-in fast and PCR COVID-19 diagnostic testing out there six days every week and common COVID-19 vaccination clinics. Our COVID-19 ‘Check to Deal with’ program, launched final week, can join eligible, symptomatic individuals who have a constructive COVID-19 take a look at consequence from our testing websites with a prescription antiviral treatment that reduces the danger of significant sickness.”

“There’s at the moment an excellent group pharmacy provide of COVID-19 antiviral treatment in Erie County, Burstein added. “People 12 years of age or older weighing at the very least 88 lbs. with a constructive COVID-19 take a look at and who’re at excessive danger for development to extreme illness ought to speak to their major care supplier or an pressing care middle about antiviral treatment.”

Verify the CDC COVID-19 group stage the place you reside beneath:

Patrick Ryan is a digital producer who has been a part of the Minus Better crew since 2020. See extra of his work right here.