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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.

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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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Erie Times E-Edition Article-Dahlkemper wants crowds limited to reduce COVID

Posted by M. C. on November 19, 2020

Erie County PA County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper

“I get concerned if I hear of any business or group that wants to have a holiday party,” Dahlkemper said Wednesday at her news conference. “That should not be happening this year. I would love to see some (additional) restrictions on gatherings.”

“And stop gathering with people you don’t live with…

“Love” What is your definition of “Love”?

Why am I suddenly getting visions of Lavrentiy Beria and Ariel Castro?

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Executive also announced library branches to close

David Bruce

Erie Times-News USA TODAY NETWORK

Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper was pleased to see Pennsylvania announce stricter travel and face maskwearing requirements on Tuesday, but said additional measures are needed to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Specifically, Dahlkemper would like to see lower limits on the number of people permitted to gather.

In early October, Gov. Tom Wolf expanded Pennsylvania’s maximum limits on gatherings from 25 people indoors and 250 people outdoors to a percentage of a facility’s maximum capacity. Dahlkemper wants to see those numbers reduced.

“I get concerned if I hear of any business or group that wants to have a holiday party,” Dahlkemper said Wednesday at her news conference. “That should not be happening this year. I would love to see some (additional) restrictions on gatherings.”

Limiting crowd sizes, especially indoors, is important because the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in Erie County, and across the nation, is due primarily to the virus’ spread among people getting together without wearing masks, Dahlkemper said.

The county executive implored county residents to follow a few basic rules to reduce the surge and prevent local hospitals from filling with COVID-19 patients.

“Keep 6 feet away from anyone who does not live in your home,” Dahlkemper said.

Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper said she would like to see reduced limits on the size of gatherings as a way to halt the rapid spread of COVID-19. [GREG WOHLFORD/ERIE TIMESNEWS]

“And wear your mask. And wash your hands frequently. And stay home if you are sick.

“And stop gathering with people you don’t live with, particularly in large groups,” Dahlkemper added.

Dahlkemper reported 134 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday in Erie County. It is the seventh straight day that at least 100 daily cases have been reported.

Erie County has 3,764 total cases of COVID19 since the pandemic started. Of those cases, 2,493 people have recovered and 65 have died, including two new deaths reported Wednesday.

There were 1,206 active cases in the county on Wednesday, the highest number reported since the pandemic started.

A total of 55 county residents with COVID19 were hospitalized Wednesday morning, including 10 in intensive care units and five who needed ventilators, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reported.

Saint Vincent Hospital reported 32 patients with COVID-19 on Wednesday, while UPMC Hamot reported 24, and LECOM Health’s Millcreek Community and Corry Memorial hospitals reported seven patients and one patient, respectively.

The hospital-reported numbers often differ from the state health department’s total because they include out-of-county patients, and don’t include county residents who are being treated outside the county.

Dahlkemper also announced that all branches of the Erie County Public Library will close their doors to the public starting Saturday. People can still borrow books and other materials virtually or use the libraries’ curbside service.

“We don’t believe we have any cases spread through our libraries but, again, we are trying to do our part,” Dahlkemper said. “The library is not essential at this point.”

A total of 38,861 negative COVID-19 tests have been reported in the county.

Statewide, 6,339 new cases were reported Thursday, once again the state’s highest singleday total.

The new cases increased Pennsylvania’s total number of cases to 281,852.

There were 110 new deaths across the state, the highest number reported since May.

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

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Erie Times E-Edition Article – County cases down, deaths up

Posted by M. C. on September 1, 2020

“The Erie County Department of Health does not have the details related to these deaths,” Lyon said in an email. “At the current time, there is no way to know if these deaths are related to nursing home cases.”

“No way”.  Here is a thought, ask someone.

Your health, your jobs, your company is in their hands.

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One COVID-19 case but 6 recent deaths reported Monday

County shared some good news regarding COVID-19, but some bad news as well.

Only one COVID-19 case was reported in the county Monday, continuing a nearly three-week stretch of declining cases. Ten cases were reported Saturday and three cases on Sunday.

But Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper also reported six deaths due to COVID-19 complications since Friday. It’s among the county’s highest number of deaths reported over three days since the pandemic started in March.

The increase in COVID19 deaths comes about a month after a surge in cases, primarily among the county’s nursing homes. However, Erie County Department of Health Director Melissa Lyon said she doesn’t know if the recent deaths involved nursing home residents.

“The Erie County Department of Health does not have the details related to these deaths,” Lyon said in an email. “At the current time, there is no way to know if these deaths are related to nursing home cases.”

About 80% of the county’s COVID-19 deaths have involved residents of longterm care facilities, the county health department reported Wednesday.

Erie County’s total number of cases now stands at 1,349. Of those cases, 1,183 people have recovered and 48 have died.

There are 118 active cases, compared to 270 on Aug. 21.

Thirteen patients with COVID-19 were hospitalized in the county on Monday, including three who needed ventilators, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reported.

A total of 23,087 negative COVID-19 tests have been reported through

Monday morning, according to the state health department, for a 5.5% positive test rate in the county.

Also on Monday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 521 new positives statewide, no new deaths and 134,025 cumulative positives. The state has an 8.1% positive test rate.

Erie County often reports COVID-19 deaths before they are reported by the state. Contact David Bruce at dbruce@timesnews. com. Follow him on Twitter @ETNBruce.

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Erie Times E-Edition Article- Now no time to falter in COVID fight

Posted by M. C. on May 28, 2020

My thoughts are:

People that talk about such things have been warning the medical community for at least a decade that Wuhan is a coronavirus cesspool and the “big one” is coming. People like Fauci have been bloviating on youtube for 5 or more years about the “big one” coming. The US has $137 million investment in the Wuhan lab at the epicenter of the outbreak. Yet through the grossest of negligence or intent the current situation was allowed to happen.

The Erie Times editorial board has a different point of view. Government is our savior and the problem is you and me.

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Now no time to falter in COVID fight

The issue: COVID-19 spreads in Erie County Our view: Safety measures will restore liberty

Neighboring rural Warren and Crawford counties will enter the green phase Friday, their residents free, with safety precautions taken, to visit a salon, dine at a restaurant or take in a movie.

For those looking across the county lines in envy or anger, remember it is not Gov. Tom Wolf, Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper or even the coronavirus itself keeping us in partial lockdown. It is ourselves.

A persistent, vocal minority here chafe against and flout restrictions. In rural Erie County, where the virus is less prevalent, it might be difficult to keep the danger in focus and resolve mustered. Let Wednesday’s front page be a reminder of the work to be done to restore safety and commerce in Erie County.

Headlines detailed the nation’s sobering milestone – 100,000 COVID-19 deaths in about 100 days.

Dahlkemper announced yet another uptick in county cases, 25 since Friday.

Then there was the dangerous indignity visited on Erie police officers performing their duties amid what should be a solemn holiday weekend devoted to honoring fallen heroes. Responding to a complaint about a group drinking and shooting off fireworks early Sunday, police officers wound up in a struggle with a drug suspect who then vomited in a patrol car. At the station, he let it be known he might have COVID-19.

Testing at UPMC Hamot confirmed it.

So now five officers are idled in quarantine, at risk of infection. Three soiled cruisers were taken off the streets, and fatigued Erie County Department of Health contact tracers have more potential cases to track down.

Many here have risen to the demands of this public health emergency. We thank all who have followed safety guidelines and sacrificed their income, freedom and contact with loved ones for the greater good.

Dalhkemper on Tuesday highlighted two businesses enforcing necessary safety measures of sanitation, masks and social distancing, Scotland Yards Greenhouse in Edinboro and the Dairy Queen in Lawrence Park, which has painted ice cream cones on the ground to mark out spaces 6 feet apart.

How long will it be until those straining for freedom realize it is within their power to have it by simply following the rules?

The longer it takes to rein in the spread, the more economic pain we will endure.

Gathering sans masks and safe distances gives the virus the opportunity to leap from host to host until it reaches people like Karen King, of Corry, a 78-year-old COVID-19 patient just released from the hospital. Ron Leonardi chronicled her suffering on Wednesday’s front page.

As Dahlkemper said Tuesday, the virus is not going away anytime soon. The price for our freedom, mercifully, at this moment of national trial is not blood, just a mask, some sanitizer and space.

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Erie Times E-Edition Article – Spike in COVID-19 cases expected in yellow phase

Posted by M. C. on May 3, 2020

On unemployment, will you still have a job, will there be a job, will there be anything left of your business?

Don’t worry, the almighty (the one in Harrisburg) will tell us…sometime. Meanwhile in Erie County…

Dahlkemper said there is no timeline as to when Erie could move to the “green’’ phase.

Dahlkemper said she is awaiting further state directives

It’s a decision that will be made by the state.

As the county prepares to enter the yellow phase, Dahlkemper said she will seek additional guidance from Wolf’s office on COVID-19 testing.

She said Erie County also needs to build on its contact tracing efforts, and will require additional state guidance for its enforcement and compliance division.

This is the politicians way of saying “no clue, no plan”.

That is how Erie County takes the reins to look out for you.

Don’t feel alone, that is the way it is all over.

A medical crisis that has been brewing in China for years. The CDC, NIH, WHO, CIA, FIB all did NOTHING to prepare and missed an epidemic sweeping China it until it was too late.

THE MASTER PLAN

So the solution chosen by the best medical minds money can buy is lockdown everyone and everything and pray to God (the one NOT in Harrisburg) that some one, some where, some how, some way comes up with a solution.

It was Patton that said If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.

I’ll bet Governor Wolf’s plan will be great once it is figured out.

Erie County needs its own plan. Now

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Spike in COVID-19 cases expected in yellow phase

Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper believes it’s inevitable Erie County will see a spike in COVID-19 cases after it transitions starting Friday to the “yellow” phase of Gov. Tom Wolf’s state coronavirus reopening plan.

Dahlkemper reported two new confirmed COVID-19 cases Saturday, pushing the county’s total number of positive cases to 90. There have been 2,034 negative tests, and 66 people have recovered from the virus. One of the new cases is a person in their 40s and the other a person in their 50s, Dahlkemper said. Both people reside in Erie.

The “yellow” phase to which Erie County and 23 other northwestern and northcentral Pennsylvania counties were elevated to on Friday brings a loosening of restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the new coronavirus.

“We certainly believe there will be a percentage of people who will relax their efforts with social distancing and wearing masks, and that does concern us,” Dahlkemper said. “We certainly feel people will be out more and around other people more, and when they do go out, they need to maintain that 6-foot distance. It will be up to each one of us. People

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will probably get more relaxed, and that’s where the concern will be” Friday marked a resumption of the construction industry, and the opening of marinas, golf courses and campgrounds In Erie County.

Dahlkemper said county health department enforcement surveillance teams will monitor campgrounds, marinas and golf courses to observe and ensure residents and businesses are complying with guidelines.

“If they see anything egregious, they will call the business and ask them to correct it immediately,” Dahlkemper said.

Erie County is the most populated of the 24 counties granted “yellow” phase status, Dahlkemper said.

When Erie County partially reopens on Friday under the yellow phase, the county’s stay-at-home order will be lifted in favor of aggressive mitigation measures.

Under the yellow phase, large gatherings of more than 25 are prohibited; in-person retail will be permitted, though curbside pickup and delivery is preferable; restaurants and bars remain limited to carry-out and delivery service; telework will continue where feasible; and businesses with in-person operations must follow business and building safety orders.

Dahlkemper reiterated that businesses such as gyms, spas, hair and nail salons, casinos and theaters likely will not reopen until Erie County moves to the “green” phase of Gov. Wolf’s state reopening guidelines.

Dahlkemper said there is no timeline as to when Erie could move to the “green’’ phase.

Dahlkemper said the Millcreek Mall would likely remain closed under yellow phase restrictions.

“There is no way to control the number of people there,” Dahlkemper said. “How do you control crowds and make sure people are wearing masks? Will there be disinfectant stations available? It’s a decision that will be made by the state.”

Dahlkemper said she is awaiting further state directives on some businesses that fall under a gray area in the yellow phase, such as libraries, dog-grooming facilities and churchrelated activities.

Garden Centers will likely be able to reopen on May 8, she said.

Wolf’s office on Monday is expected to provide additional information on categories of businesses whose operational status is uncertain under the upgraded yellow phase.

As the county prepares to enter the yellow phase, Dahlkemper said she will seek additional guidance from Wolf’s office on COVID-19 testing.

She said Erie County also needs to build on its contact tracing efforts, and will require additional state guidance for its enforcement and compliance division.

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