contact the Erie County Department of Health for guidance. For details on how to be aware of vaccines and boosters, isolation and quarantine, preventing the spread of COVID-19 in business establishments and events, and other information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-451-6700 or fill out the online community form at Eriecountypa.gov/covid-19/.
Cases and data
Last week, April 25, Monday through May 1, Sunday,
· There were 244 reported cases, on average per day 35 cases.
· Was 1 registered a new death, which increases the total death toll to 798.
· The total number of unvaccinated deaths remains at 655, which is 82% of the total number of deaths (798).
As of May 1, among the total number of deaths in Erie County, the breakdown by vaccination status and age range is as follows:
|Death reported||Age 0-49||Age 50-64 years||Ages 65 and older||Intermediate result||Percentage
dose / booster
The number of vaccinated from April 25 to May 1 226. This increases the total number of vaccinated 181 809 with the following breakdown:
|Number of persons||% of the eligible population||% of the total population|
|Partially vaccinated||23 824||9.4%||8.8%|
|Fully vaccinated||157 985||62.0%||58.6%|
|Got the first booster||79 221||31.1%||29.4%|
|Got a second booster||7 954||3.1%||2.9%|
Information on incidents and deaths in Erie County and other data, such as reports on vaccination demographics, can be found on the Erie County Government website https://eriecountypa.gov/covid-19/positive-cases-in-erie-county/. The latest recommendations and relevant data are also available on the websites
· Pennsylvania Department of Health health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Cases.aspx
· Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view
The benefits of vaccination and revaccination
The advantage in the course of vaccination and revaccination, even for those suffering from COVID-19, is that it helps the body prevent serious diseases and reduces the likelihood of hospitalization. If you have any doubts or questions regarding vaccines, contact your healthcare provider or contact the Erie County Department of Health at 814-451-6700 for facts and answers.
Boosters extend the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines and help protect against its variants. Based on data from Erie County, those promoted:
· 7 times less like to get infected with COVID-19
· 14 times less likely to die from COVID-19
Free vaccines and boosters are available to Erie County residents ages 5 and up. For a list of local vaccination sites visit eriecountypa.gov/covid-19/covid-19-vaccine.
Not all COVD-19 vaccines and boosters can be offered to children 5 to 11 years of age. Call in advance to check availability. To find vaccines and boosters in other nearby locations, send zip code to 438829, visit vaccines.gov or by phone 1-800-232-0233
The importance of testing
The Erie County Department of Health recommends that community members, vaccinated or unvaccinated, be screened for COVID-19 if they have been exposed to COVID-19, or if they have symptoms such as sore throat, cough, difficulty with shortness of breath, fever or chills, muscle or body pain, vomiting or diarrhea, or loss of taste or smell. Test results can help determine appropriate care and treatment if needed.
Community members who use home test kits that have questions or need guidance can call 814-451-6700.
For a list of local sites that offer free testing, visit eriecountypa.gov/covid-19/covid-19-testing-information.
Prevent the spread
At this level, recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 include:
· Be aware of COVID-19 vaccines for 5 years and older, including those who are pregnant and planning to become pregnant. This means getting all the recommended primary and booster doses if needed.
· Anyone can choose a mask at any time, regardless of vaccination status.
· If you are (or live, work or have contact with someone who is) at high risk for serious illness or have a weak immune system, talk to your doctor about camouflage and other precautions.
· Get tested if you have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19.
· Wear a mask if you have symptoms, positive test results or you have been exposed to COVID-19.
· Stay home while waiting for test results. If you have positive test results, even if you have no symptoms, stay home and separate from others in your home and, if possible, use a separate bathroom; tell your close contacts to stay home and get tested.
· If possible, maintain improved ventilation in all rooms.