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Erie County sees first Covid-19 death; total cases up to 122

Erie County has seen its first death due to Covid-19, county officials announced early Tuesday evening.

The woman who died was in her 80s, officials said in a news release.

Officials did not say whether the woman had any underlying health conditions. Aside from her approximate age, officials said they would be releasing no further details about her.

"My thoughts and condolences go out to her family," Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz said on Twitter.

The county also hit another grim milestone Tuesday by moving over the century mark in positive Covid-19 cases.

The total number of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 in Erie County reached 122, according to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's Wednesday morning press conference.

The Erie County total was 121 as of Tuesday evening. The 25 new cases announced Tuesday followed Monday's 32 cases, which is largest amount announced in a single day during the outbreak so far.

While the number of confirmed cases locally continues to grow, Poloncarz urged area residents to stick to social distancing guidelines in order to work to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

A lack of available testing materials both locally and nationwide has limited the number of individuals able to be tested for the illness. As such, health officials are urging the public to take precautionary steps as if the coronavirus is in more places than just where it's been confirmed.

"You should assume that Covid-19 is in the community everywhere and that you've been potentially exposed to it," Poloncarz said during a video question-and-answer session streamed on Facebook Live on Tuesday afternoon.

Poloncarz continued to strongly urge residents to take precautions.

"Don't be a Covidiot," Poloncarz said, using a term for those who have ignored social distancing guidelines and gathered in groups amid the pandemic despite warnings.

Amherst and Buffalo continued to have the most cases among municipalities. Amherst has 37 after adding six cases Tuesday. Buffalo has 36 after nine were added to its total Tuesday.

The Town of Concord recorded its first positive case Tuesday. Other towns with new additional cases Tuesday were the Town of Tonawanda, which added three, and North Collins, which added two; Cheektowaga, Grand Island, Lancaster, and Orchard Park each added one.

The Erie County Health Department also released demographic information about its first 101 cases.

Erie County's cases have been mostly males, by a 59 to 42 count.

The age group that has been most affected is 30- to 39-year-olds, which accounted for roughly a quarter of the first 101 cases.

The complete age breakdown of the first 101 cases is: under 20 years (6 cases); 20-29 (16); 30-39 (25); 40-49 (15); 50-59 (16); 60-69 (13); 70-79 (5); over 80 (5).

In a release, the county described the statistics as "provisional numbers from our Office of Epidemiology based on information from our Public Health Lab and the New York State reporting system for communicable diseases."

Erie County's Covid-19 cases by town, date, gender, age

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