FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 23, 2021
Communications Specialist, Erie County Department of Health
Erie County reports 152 new cases of COVID-19
Erie, PA — County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper and Erie County Department of Health report 152 new cases of COVID-19 on Nov. 22, bringing the cumulative case count to 34,500. Among the cases reported, five were reinfections, bringing the cumulative number of reinfections to 296. Since March 2020, the total deaths due to COVID-19 is 582.
Information on cases in Erie County and other data such as reports on vaccination demographics can be found at eriecountypa.gov/covid-19. Related data is also available at the Pennsylvania Department of Health website health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Cases.aspx.
Benefit of vaccination
Vaccinations are strongly encouraged as community members start preparing for Thanksgiving and year-end gatherings and related travel.
The benefit of vaccination is that it helps the body prevent severe illness and lessens the likelihood of needing hospitalization. Free vaccines are available for residents of Erie County ages 5 years and older. To find vaccines in nearby locations:
- text ZIP Code to 438829
- visit vaccines.gov
- call 1-800-232-0233
For schedule of local vaccination sites, visit eriecountypa.gov/covid-19/covid-19-vaccine. Not all locations can offer COVD-19 vaccines to children 5 to 11 years old. Call ahead to check availability.
A universal indoor masking order for all public and private pre-schools, primary and secondary schools in Erie County is in effect until further notice. A copy of the order can be found at eriecountypa.gov/covid-19.
Erie County currently has a high rate of transmission according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC guidelines recommend all people, including those who are fully vaccinated, should wear masks indoors in areas with substantial to high transmission rates of COVID-19. Data on transmission rates can be found at the CDC website covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view.
Wearing a mask that covers the mouth and nose has been proven to reduce the spread of infectious respiratory illnesses such as COVID-19. Studies on the effects of wearing masks have proved that there is no change in oxygen or carbon dioxide levels when people wear cloth and surgical masks while resting and exercising.
For guidance on preventing the spread of COVID-19 at events and business establishments, contact Erie County Department of Health at email@example.com. All other questions about COVID-19 can be directed to 814-451-6700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.