Category: Health

ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH UPDATE April 20, evening

ERIE COUNTY, NY – The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is making the following announcements.

Testing Criteria and Standing Isolation Orders

The Erie County Department of Health is updating its criteria for COVID-19 testing to include any person who has symptoms of COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revised its list of COVID-19 symptoms last week to include:

  • Fever (100.4 degrees or higher)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

                                                                                                                                        [CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html]

Testing and sample collection for symptomatic individuals are by appointment only. ECDOH is coordinating with Kaleida Health for COVID-19 testing. Individuals who do not have a primary care provider may be tested through the Erie County Public Health Lab. Individuals who have a primary care provider that can provide a referral or prescription for a COVID-19 test may be tested through Kaleida Health. To be screened and to be scheduled for a test, please call the Erie County COVID-19 Information Line at (716) 858-2929. Please listen closely to the options as they have recently changed. Continue reading “ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH UPDATE April 20, evening”

Do not forget Friends and Family with Mental Health Issues

During this medical crisis, many of us are focused on everyone’s physical health and well being. Please remember that people with mental health issues, especially anxiety and depression are also at risk during this crisis.

 

Those with Mental Health concerns may fall between the cracks. Even if their issues are controlled by medications, the stress and isolation of this time can aggravate their symptoms. Feeling there is no one to reach out to, can cause even greater loneliness and negative thoughts.

 

How can you help? Reach out. Send an email or text. Make a phone call. Leave some food, or flowers on their doorstep. Just to remind them there is someone out there who cares . Continue reading “Do not forget Friends and Family with Mental Health Issues”

ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH UPDATE April 14, afternoon

ERIE COUNTY, NY – The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is making the following announcements.

COVID-19 Data Update: As of 4/14/2020 (3 p.m.), ECDOH received a total of 1,730 reports of positive lab- confirmed COVID-19 cases and 84 COVID-19 related deaths among Erie County residents. We are publishing this data to our online case mapping system at www.erie.gov/covidmap.
Our Epidemiology Office has compiled positive COVID-19 cases by age group and gender.

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 ECDOH, COVID-19 Information Line: (716) 858-2929 – 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
 Erie County Department of Health, COVID-19: http://www.erie.gov/covid19
 Erie County online map of confirmed cases: http://www.erie.gov/covidmap
 New York State Department of Health Hotline: (888) 364-3065