COVID-19 is continuing to spread throughout Erie County at an alarming rate. According to recently released data by the Erie County Department of Health, COVID-19 cases in the past week have increased to almost 20,000. As of January 8, 2022, there were 19,243 new cases of COVID-19 in the past week. The 7 zip codes with the most cases make up 32 percent of the new cases in the past week.

7. 14086 Lancaster  - 652

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6. 14225 (Cheektowaga) - 799

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5. 14075 (Hamburg) - 862

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4. 14224 (West Seneca) - 878

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3. 14150 (Tonawanda) - 923

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2. 14221 (Amherst/Williamsville/Clarence) - 1,020

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1. 14215 (Buffalo - East) - 1,084

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There were 160 deaths from COVID-19 on January 10 in New York State. Seven Erie County residents died from COVID-19. In Western New York 422 people were hospitalized due to COVID-19.

If you are looking to get tested, Erie County has expanded testing options. Erie County Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein said,

“Demand for COVID-19 testing is extremely high, and driven by the number of new cases and close contacts, and by people who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Our department is responding to this need by expanding our testing operations in the new year, and also with the recent distribution of nearly 80,000 at-home COVID-19 antigen tests to the general public.”

You will need an appointment to get tested at a FREE ECDOH site. Call (716) 858-2929 to set it up. If you are a resident and have symptoms, you can get a rapid test that provides results within 15-minutes.

Any Erie County resident who does not have COVID-19 symptoms will be eligible to get a PCR COVID-19 test, with results provided in 1-3 business days. A COVID-19 test is recommended if an individual has COVID-19 symptoms, and if they have had an exposure. A COVID-19 test is recommended 5-7 days after the last contact with a positive case, regardless of vaccination status.

The New York State Department of Health has also opened additional COVID-19 test sites at the Northwest Buffalo Community Center on Lawn Avenue, the University at Buffalo, and Buffalo State College. You can get more info here.

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