COVID-19 QUESTIONS, RESOURCES, VACCINES, AND TESTING

Update September 21 for Week Ending September 18 For the week ending September 18, 2021, ECDOH received reports for 1,572 new COVID-19 cases among Erie County residents, an 8.5% increase from the previous week. This represents a smaller rate of growth for overall new cases compared to

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Keeping Your Children Safe at School: ECDOH Guidelines K-12

By Annette Pinder The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) has issued guidelines for students in pre-kindergarten, middle, and high schools in Erie County to ensure the safest in-person learning and teaching experience possible in the classroom and during extra-curricular activities. Masks. Children ages two and older

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Injectable Monoclonal Antibodies Prevent Covid 19

by Annette Pinder A recent Medscape Medical News article discussed the results of a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, which showed that a combination of two monoclonal antibodies given as an injection prevented patients exposed to COVID-19 from getting the virus. Individuals were

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How to Protect Your Family from the Delta Variant

(Statepoint) Despite significant gains in vaccinations and fighting COVID-19, the rise of the more transmissible Delta variant poses a significant risk for unvaccinated people. “We are at a critical moment in the COVID-19 pandemic. We have the vaccines and public health measures necessary to protect people and

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COVID-19 Boosters: What You Need to Know

By Annette Pinder Article Sources: FDA, CDC, and GetVaccineAnswers.org When will everyone be eligible to receive a third vaccine? Beginning September 20, individuals who received two mRNA vaccines will be able to receive a third dose eight months following their last vaccine. Accordingly, if you received your

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Ask the Univera Healthcare Expert: The Delta Variant

What is the COVID-19 Delta variant and how can I protect myself?   By Bailey Smith The COVID-19 Delta variant is more contagious than the original COVID-19 strain and can be spread by individuals who are fully vaccinated. Univera Healthcare Vice President of Medical Affairs for Commercial

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Hospice & Palliative Care Will Require COVID Vaccines

Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo has announced that all staff will be required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 in two phases over time. Hospice has strongly encouraged vaccination for employees with over an 80% vaccination rate. This policy has now been revised as the more transmissible SARS-CoV-2

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How to Talk to People Who are Vaccine Hesitant

Advice from UB experts By Annette Pinder UB professor and expert on vaccine history in the U.S., Dr. David Herzberg, recently noted that concerns and hesitancy about vaccines is not new. He also pointed out that while people have valid concerns about unequal or irrational vaccine distribution,

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