Erie County Update, May 28, 2020
16 new positive cases reported in Erie County
Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper reported 16 new positive cases of COVID-19 today. This stands as the third-largest number of new cases reported in a single day.
This brings our cumulative total to 242 positive cases, with 4,468 negatives (194 yesterday). So far, there have been 175 recovered cases –with 46 recoveries reported today – for a total of 63 current active cases. So far, there have been three deaths of Erie County residents reported due to COVID-19, with a fourth still being reported by the state.
Though a numerical gap had been widening earlier in the week, there is no longer a discrepancy between the state and county's active case numbers.
Erie County's cumulative positive case total has more than doubled since May 11. There have been 112 new cases reported over the last 14 days, for a ratio of about just over 40 new cases per 100,000 people in the last 14 days.
In Pennsylvania, there were 625 additional positive cases (155 less than yesterday), for a total of 70,042 total cases. So far, there have been 5,373 deaths statewide, with 108 occurring yesterday. 357,804 patients who have tested negative to date, with 7.814 tests yesterday. So far, 64% of PA's positive cases have recovered (up 2% since yesterday).
Erie County's negative tests account for 1.25% of Pennsylvania's (for a 0.03 daily increase), while its population accounts for 2.15%.
Erie County's positive cases account for 0.35% of the state's cumulative cases (a 0.02% daily increase).
There were minor changes in some of our nearby counties. Crawford County remains at 23 positive cases, and 1,041 negatives. McKean County sees no change since Tuesday at 12 cases, one death, and 545 negatives. Venango County remains at eight positive cases (no change since May 18), and 496 negatives. Warren County stands at three cases and 359 negatives.
Outside the commonwealth, Erie's neighboring counties saw a greater increase. Chautauqua County has 81 cases (up four), 58 recovered cases, four deaths, and 2,704 negatives. Ashtabula County has 324 cases (up eight) and 34 deaths (up one).