Nov. 24, 2021
Erie County hits record for daily Covid cases, filling hospitals
An all-time worst record for Covid-19 was reached Tuesday.
Erie County recorded 878 new cases, the highest one-day total since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced Wednesday.
The number of positive cases and hospitalizations has steadily risen over the last month, prompting Poloncarz to reinstate a mask mandate this week for restaurants, bars, grocery stores and other establishments.
"This is not the Thanksgiving we thought it would be," Poloncarz said as he again pleaded with people to wear masks, get vaccinated and stay home if they are sick.
The positivity rate was 11%, and the 4,693 cases over the last week was also a record number over a seven-day period.
"I wish I had better news, but, unfortunately, we are going in the wrong direction," Poloncarz said. "This is the worst direction we've ever had."
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Keep holiday stress from reaching a crescendo this atypical holiday season: A continuing pandemic. Unpredictable weather. Grief for those who have lost loved ones to Covid-19 and other causes since the start of last year. Add an intense desire to bring more normalcy to the next several weeks and stress is certain to creep into the equation. Read more
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