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By Lacey Gardner

Erie County healthcare system approaches 90% capacity


The county executive makes direct reference to Allegany County and other counties with low vaccination rates

By Andrew Harris

According to Mark Poloncarz, Erie County Executive, the healthcare network that supports greater Buffalo NY is approaching even more dangerous territory than when last week’s indoor mask mandate was announced. Along with that public health decree, county officials laid out what additional steps may need to be taken should the mask requirements fail to curb disease spread. Those steps included a return to measures like limited indoor dining and remote education, even lockdowns.

Poloncarz called the leadership in counties, naming Allegany specifically, “reckless,” and pointed to the marked increase in hospitalizations compared to this time last year.

So far Allegany County leadership have been asked to comment and have uniformly provided a, “no-comment.”

Last week, in a press release that addressed capacity issues in the Emergency Room, Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville said this in a statement:

“It feels like for every patient who is discharged, two more are admitted,” Sandra Watkins, Vice President of Patient Care Services at Jones Memorial Hospital.

Watch Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz address the public Tuesday:

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