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ECMC Corporation COVID-19 Update – April 4th

Positive COVID-19 Inpatient Cases Triple at ECMC since Monday, March 30th.

BUFFALO, N.Y – Erie County Medical Center Corporation today provided an update on COVID-19 actions taking place on its health campus.



Monday, 3/30/20
9 confirmed cases currently in-house
15 in-house that are under investigation

Saturday, 4/4/20
31 confirmed cases currently in-house
6 in-house that are under investigation



ECMC issued Universal Masking Guidance for all staff on Sunday, March 29, 2020.



Staff who work in areas that require N95 respirator use for patient care activities will be provided an N95 daily. These units include: Emergency Department, COVID Designated Units, COVID Designated ICU(s), Respiratory Therapists, and Anesthesia Service.

Estimated 2 weeks supply currently on hand.

As a Level 1 Adult Trauma Center, we continually assess our PPE inventory to be prepared to care for our patients, protect our staff and are following our established pandemic plan.


ECMC Surge Plan

As required by the NYS Department of Health, ECMC submitted a COVID-19 Surge Plan on 3/24/20 that includes how ECMC expanded to the required 50% critical care bed and ICU bed capacity increase, while also identifying how the institution could expand that capacity to 100%, if necessary. ECMC’s pandemic plan has been in place since 2005.

Early in March, ECMC established an organization-wide COVID-19 task force and command center operation to address the pandemic. The group has been coordinating emergency preparedness, response efforts, as well as daily communication with Federal, State and County agencies.

Visit for more information on ECMC’s continuing COVID-19 response and service to our community.

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