Covid-19 prompts Erie County leaders to wonder: ‘When is it over?’

By Sandra Tan

Read the full article from Buffalo News, here.

In recent weeks, many overarching patterns remain unchanged. Overall cases are still rising, thanks to the Delta variant, but not as quickly as before. Hospitalizations and deaths remain elevated, after a steep August climb, but have leveled off and remain well below where we were in the winter and spring. Vaccination rates are rising at an unhurried pace.

A few Erie County legislators expressed a sense of longing that they believe is felt by many, including the vaccinated. People don’t want to be publicly shamed for wishing for fewer restrictions and a greater return to normalcy, they said, even as public health experts are urging people to remain patient.

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