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Erie Times E-Edition Article-Erie County reaches unwelcome milestone

Posted by M. C. on September 17, 2021

“55.6% of eligible residents are fully vaccinated”

So if 80% of the infected are asymptomatic as we have been told, they will have natural immunity. The remaining unvaxxed 9% will be symptomatic to varying extents.

We made it! Erie is safe! But wait…the doom and gloom factory says otherwise. $omething doe$n’t compute.

A majority of county schools have reported COVID-19 cases among their students and staff, though specific numbers were not available, Lyon said.

“We have received no reports of any large-scale outbreaks at the schools and no reports of Erie County schools having to go remote due to COVID, as of (Tuesday),” Lyon said.

How does one make judgements of severity with no “specific numbers”? Doesn’t compute. TWO YEARS into this and the system can’t provide “specific numbers” for the “worst pandemic” (my scare quotes) to affect mankind.

https://erietimes-pa-app.newsmemory.com/?publink=56c607ca0_1345f09

David Bruce

Erie Times-News USA TODAY NETWORK

Erie County has reached another unwelcome milestone in its battle against COVID-19.

Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper reported six more deaths Wednesday due to the virus. A total of 503 county residents have died from COVID-19 complications since the pandemic began in March 2020.

“These 503 people do not have the opportunity to make memories with their families,” Dahlkemper said at a Wednesday news conference. “That’s 503 people who will not be celebrating the holidays this year with their loved ones.”

The county surpassed 500 deaths during a second surge in cases, hospitalizations and deaths triggered by the highly transmissible delta variant.

New cases have risen each of the past nine weeks, and the 134 cases reported Wednesday was the highest single-day total since 179 cases were reported on March 10. Hospitalizations in the county have risen again this week to levels not seen since the initial surge over the holidays.

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A total of 51 county residents were hospitalized with COVID-19 Wednesday evening, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. They include 26 patients in intensive care units and six who needed ventilators.

In addition, 14 people died from COVID- 19 complications in August, the most in a month since February, and nine more have died so far in September.

“What we are seeing now is just as bad as what we saw in 2020, if not worse in some ways,” said Melissa Lyon, Erie County Department of Health director. “We have effective vaccines and we know what mitigation measures help. Still, we are seeing this spike.”

And a growing number of new cases involve children, as 94 pediatric cases were reported between Sept. 2-8, compared to 160 cases between Aug. 16Sept. 1, according to the state health department.

“Definitely an increase in volume at (UPMC Hamot physician) offices and Express Care,” Danielle Gyorgak, M.D., a pediatrician with UPMC Children’s Community Pediatrics – Hamot, said in an email. “Also seeing a lot of RSV and other viruses still, too.”

A majority of county schools have reported COVID-19 cases among their students and staff, though specific numbers were not available, Lyon said.

“We have received no reports of any large-scale outbreaks at the schools and no reports of Erie County schools having to go remote due to COVID, as of (Tuesday),” Lyon said. “But a lot of schools are reporting cases.”

The county health department is also investigating a complaint that a private school in the county is not following the government mask mandate for schools.

“I can’t identify the school at this time because we are still investigating,” Lyon said.

The county reported an increase in COVID-19 vaccinations from 7,505 doses in July to 10,143 doses in August. Erie hospital officials have attributed part of the increase to people with compromised immune systems being permitted to receive a third dose.

“We have seen a slight increase at our mobile vaccination clinics,” Lyon said. “It’s not many but it is an increase.”

The county’s vaccination rates, based on Census 2020 and county health department data:

h 49.3% of all residents are fully vaccinated,

h 53.3% of all residents have received at least one dose of vaccine,

h 55.6% of eligible residents are fully vaccinated,

h 60.1% of eligible residents have received at least one dose of vaccine.

Contact David Bruce at dbruce@timesnews.com. Follow him on Twitter @ETNBruce.

“What we are seeing now is just as bad as what we saw in 2020, if not worse in some ways,”

Melissa Lyon

Erie County Department of Health director

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