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With positivity rate exceeding 20%, ECDOH adjusts case investigation practices in response to high volume of COVID reports


Mon, Jan 3rd 2022 09:00 am

Submitted by the Erie County Department of Health

The substantial volume of COVID-19 case reports in recent days has exceeded the ECDOH and New York state contact tracing capacity to individually contact every Erie County resident with a positive COVID-19 test result.

ECDOH is asking people with a positive COVID-19 test result, either from a lab, pharmacy, medical office or at-home test, to self-isolate and notify their household and close contacts. Anyone who has been exposed to someone who has tested positive is asked to self-quarantine, especially if not fully vaccinated, monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, and seek a COVID-19 test five to seven days after exposure, or sooner if symptoms develop.

The ECDOH Office of Epidemiology will continue to notify Erie County residents of test results administered at ECDOH test sites. ECDOH is expanding COVID-19 test capacity this week. Rapid ID Now tests will be available to any symptomatic Erie County resident, and the lab-based PCR tests will be offered to Erie County residents, regardless of symptoms. The most common COVID-19 symptoms include runny nose/congestion, sore throat, cough, fever or loss of taste or smell. However, COVID-19 can cause any viral/flu-like symptoms. Appointments are required and can be scheduled through the ECDOH COVID-19 information line at 716-858-2929.

ECDOH is following New York State Department of Health isolation and quarantine guidance. Certain essential worker categories may return to work after day five of isolation if certain criteria are met and maintained. See www.erie.gov/iq.

Employers or schools that require a county-issued isolation or quarantine order can print and complete an attestation form, located at www.erie.gov/iq.

Erie County residents can report a positive COVID-19 at-home test result at http://www.erie.gov/hometestreport. Resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explain how to isolation and quarantine. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html.

An updated COVID-19 case report for data from Jan. 1 will be available today. The ECDOH Office of Epidemiology has a preliminary estimate of about 1,900-2,000 cases for Jan. 1, a holiday, with a positivity rate of about 21%.

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