Erie County reached a new single-day high earlier this week for the number of people hospitalized with Covid-19, according to data released Thursday.
There were 240 people hospitalized in the county as of Tuesday, the latest day for which figures were available, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz posted on Twitter.
"The hospitalization data, not total cases, is key to determining peak," Poloncarz wrote. "We are definitely not there yet."
The prior mark for hospitalizations was set Saturday, when 234 individuals were hospitalized with Covid-19.
There is a two-day lag between when hospitals report the information to the state and when the county releases the information.
Three additional deaths were announced Thursday afternoon, bringing the total number of Erie County residents who have died from Covid-19 to 107.
Erie County on Thursday also announced 98 new confirmed cases of Covid-19, bringing the county's total number of confirmed cases to 1,951.
Overall case numbers for Covid-19 are not an accurate indicator of the actual spread of the illness because of limited public testing, according to health experts.
Though there was a surge in deaths earlier this week, Erie County's spot on the pandemic's curve remains unclear.
After 40 additional deaths of county residents were announced Monday and Tuesday, the county's death toll grew by three on Wednesday, bringing the total for the pandemic to 104 as of Wednesday night.
No new Covid-19-related deaths were announced Thursday in Niagara County. The county announced nine new confirmed cases, which brought the total number of confirmed cases to 238. Nine people in the county have died so far in the pandemic.
Erie County officials did not hold a daily briefing Thursday. Poloncarz said Thursday the county will be reducing the frequency of briefings from daily to three days a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Briefings will be conducted other days "if the situation warrants," the county executive wrote on Twitter.