COVID-19 Update

For Immediate Release
Sept. 6, 2023

Media Contact:
Walter Ang | Communications Specialist

COVID-19 Public Health Update

Erie, PA — The community is welcome to contact the Erie County Department of Health for guidance on COVID-19. For details on how to stay up to date on vaccines and boosters, how to use self test kits, preventing spread of COVID-19 and other information, contact 814-451-6700 or

Cases and data
From July 31 to Aug. 27,

  • There were 157 cases reported, with a weekly average of 39 cases. New case numbers reflect only reported cases and is not a definitive indicator of actual number of cases in Erie County.
  • There were 0 deaths reported. The total death count in 2023 remains at 33.

There were 60 vaccination and booster doses administered. There were also 175 bivalent booster doses administered. This increases the total number of persons vaccinated to 187,108 with the following breakdown:

Number of persons Of total population
Partially Vaccinated 23,597 8.7%
Fully Vaccinated 163,450 60.6%
Received First Booster 84,291 31.3%
Received Second Booster 20,516 7.6%
Received Bivalent Booster 47,528 18.7%


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Benefit of vaccination and boosters
The benefit of vaccination and boosters is that, even for those who have had COVID-19, it helps the body prevent severe illness and lessens the likelihood of needing hospitalization. Boosters extend the effectiveness of vaccines against COVID-19 and help protect against variants.

For list of local vaccination sites, text ZIP Code to 438829, visit or call 1-800-232-0233.

Importance of testing
Community members, vaccinated or unvaccinated, are recommended to get tested for COVID-19 if they have been exposed to anyone who has COVID-19 or if they have symptoms such as sore throat, coughing, upper respiratory congestion, difficulty breathing, fever or chills, muscle or body aches, vomiting or diarrhea, or loss of taste or smell. Testing results can help determine appropriate care and treatment if needed.

For list of local sites offering free testing, visit