Winkelstein, Burstein Provide Insight on COVID-19 in WNY

Updated May 4, 2020

Neither recent county hospitalization data nor updated modeling from the University at Buffalo offer any evidence that Erie County is on a downward trend for COVID-19 hospitalization rates. That trend line is critical to the formula the state is using to determine whether any region is ready to see a relaxation of the governor’s shutdown orders. Erie County’s health commissioner, Gale R. Burstein, MD, clinical professor of pediatrics — along with Peter Winkelstein, MD, clinical professor of pediatrics and executive director of the Institute for Healthcare Informatics — provided insight and data on the number of coronavirus hospitalizations in the county.