For most of the past week, hospitalization numbers have either fallen or remained steady. April ICU cases, which have rivaled the caseloads in January, finally saw some decline at the end of the month.
Despite the increase in vaccinations, the county, state and country still remain far from herd immunity. Aside from a handful of cases, health officials said, all those who have been hospitalized with Covid-19 or died from it in recent weeks had not been fully vaccinated.
“Even though we’ve done a great job vaccinating our most vulnerable, there’s still 15-20% of our greater-than-60 crew that haven’t been vaccinated,” Russo said. “They’re going to be at greater risk for a bad outcome.”
It’s not just seniors who are dying. Erie County’s mortality data shows that the average age of death has been falling every month since the start of the year.
The average age of death for Erie County residents in January was 81. Now, it’s 71. If that average age of death remains unchanged for the rest of April, it will represent the youngest average age of death since the health crisis began more than a year ago.
Of the 60 people who died in the first 22 days of this month, 47% were under the age of 70.
Eight of those who died this month were younger than 50.