Hospitalizations in WNY at lowest levels since April 1

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) – Hospitalizations in Erie County are on the decline again, according to the latest information provided by Erie County Health Commissioner Gale Burstein.

As of Wednesday, there were 178 hospitalizations in Erie County, down from 186 on Tuesday.

The Western New York region, which includes Erie County plus Niagara, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, and Allegany counties, are reporting its 181 hospitalizations. The regional numbers are the fewest number of hospitalizations since April 1.

Still, 38 people remain in the ICU. Thirty of those people require a ventilator.

Burstein said she believes the numbers are substantially lower because of proper social distancing.

“We’re going in the right direction and we all know what we need to do to keep in that right direction,” she said.

Burstein warned that Memorial Day will tempt people with gatherings and continues to urge people to wear masks to stop the spread of the virus that has killed more than 500 in Western New York.

“Please, please, please do not have large group gatherings indoors,” Burstein warned.

She said wearing a mask will greatly reduce one’s chance of contracting coronavirus.