Erie County said it is currently at a low risk for COVID-19 based the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) guidelines.

At this level, recommendations include:

  • Get all recommended COVID-19 vaccine and booster doses, for 5 years and older, including those who are pregnant and plan on becoming pregnant.
  • Anyone may choose to 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 severe illness or have a weak immune system, consider masking indoors and rapid testing before gatherings.
  • Get tested if you have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19.
  • Wear a mask if you have symptoms, positive test results, or have been exposed to COVID-19.
  • Stay home while waiting for test results. If you have positive test results, even if you don’t have symptoms, stay home and apart from others in your home and, if possible, use a separate bathroom; inform your close contacts to stay home and get tested.
  • Maintain improved ventilation throughout indoor spaces when possible.

In the past week from Monday, July 25, to Sunday, July 31:

  • 389 new cases were reported with a daily average of 56 cases.
  • There was one new death, increasing the total to 825.

Among the total reported in deaths in Erie County, here's the breakdown by vaccination status and age range:

Vaccination status among reported Deaths

Ages
0-49

Ages
50-64

Ages
65 & older

Sub-total

Percentage breakdown

Partially vaccinated and not vaccinated

31

96

567

694

84%

Fully vaccinated - not up to date with primary series or booster

2

20

104

126

15%

Fully vaccinated – up to date with primary series

0

0

2

2

0%

Fully vaccinated – up to date with booster

0

0

3

3

0%

Total

825

825

100%

The number of vaccinations and boosters administered in the past week was 1,124. This increases the total number of persons vaccinated to 183,929 with the following breakdown:

 

Number of persons

Of total population

Partially vaccinated

23,532

8.7%

Fully vaccinated

160,397

59.5%

Received first booster

82,351

30.5%

Received second booster

18,841

7.0%

Boosters extend the effectiveness of vaccines against COVID-19 and help protect against variants. Based on data from Erie County, those who are boosted are:

  • 7 times less like to be infected with COVID-19
  • 14 times less likely to die from COVID-19

Free vaccines and boosters are available for residents of Erie County ages 5 years and older. A list of local vaccination sites is available here.

To find vaccines and boosters in other nearby locations, text your ZIP code to 438829, visit vaccines.gov or call 1-800-232-0233.  

Erie County Department of Health recommends community members, vaccinated or unvaccinated, to get tested for COVID-19 if they have been exposed to anyone who has COVID-19 or if they have symptoms such as sore throat, coughing, upper respiratory congestion, difficulty breathing, fever or chills, muscle or body aches, vomiting or diarrhea, or loss of taste or smell.

Community members using home test kits who have questions or need guidance can call 814-451-6700.

A full list of local sites offering free testing is available here.