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Erie Times E-Edition Article-Erie health officials: COVID-19 ‘still very much here’

Posted by M. C. on May 28, 2021

“About 20 county residents a day are hospitalized due to COVID- 19, including a handful who require ventilators.”

20 hospitalized a day? The same 20, a new 20 or random 20? The resident fear monger is getting lazy with syntax.

Accuracy of detail is not important, keeping FEAR!!! alive is. More importantly…OBEY.

David Bruce


Pennsylvania’s loosening of COVID- 19 mitigation measures doesn’t mean the virus has disappeared, Erie County health officials said.

The number of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases has declined over the past two weeks but still averages around 20 a day. About 20 county residents a day are hospitalized due to COVID- 19, including a handful who require ventilators.

“The virus is still very much here,” said Amy Machinski, supervisor of environmental health services at the Erie County Department of Health. “It has not gone away.”

Starting Monday, the only COVID-19 mitigation measures still in effect will be that unvaccinated people must wear face masks when in public areas. Even that measure is scheduled to end June 28 or when 70% of adults in the state are fully vaccinated, whichever comes first, state health officials said Thursday.

But some businesses will still require masks, Machinski said Wednesday during Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper’s final weekly COVID-19 news conference. She asked people, especially those who aren’t vaccinated, to comply.

“We hope (unvaccinated people) understand the risk they put not only on themselves but others as well,” Machinski said. “That includes the businesses that are trying to get back up and running.”

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 21 new cases of COVID- 19 in Erie County on Thursday. The county has 20,947 total cases of COVID- 19, 469 deaths and 72,673 negative tests since the pandemic started.

A total of 19 county residents with COVID-19 were hospitalized Wednesday evening, including nine in intensivecare units and four who needed ventilators, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reported.

At least 21,257 county residents are partially vaccinated against COVID-19 and 105,216 are fully vaccinated, according to the state health department.

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