COVID-19 cases continue to increase in Western New York. We've already reached a 7-day average COVID-19 positivity rate of more than 10 percent. According to the latest data released yesterday, November 30, 2021, by Governor Kathy Hochul's Office, our positivity rate is still currently the highest in the state at 10.53 percent as of November 29. The statewide average is 4.19 percent. If there is any good news, it's that the number of cases decreased, according to the Erie County Health Department. For the week ending Nov. 20, there were 4,351 positive cases. For the week ending Nov. 27, there were 4,271 cases. However, the decrease may simply be attributed to less testing,

ECDOH received reports for 4,271 new COVID-19 cases among Erie County residents, a 2% decrease from the previous week. This decline may be attributable to fewer tests occurring in the latter half of that week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. This also represents a 145% increase in COVID-19 cases in the past six reporting weeks, and a 59% increase in the past four reporting weeks.

These 7 zip codes have a total of 1,412 cases for the week ending Nov. 27:

7. 14215 Buffalo (East) - 159 Cases

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6. 14225 Cheektowaga - 167 Cases

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5. 14150 Tonawanda - 179 Cases

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4. 14224 West Seneca - 203 Cases

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3. 14075 Hamburg - 216 Cases

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2. 14086 Lancaster - 225 Cases

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1. 14221 Amherst/Williamsville/Clarence - 263 Cases

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ECDOH has an active schedule of COVID-19 vaccine clinics, listed at www.erie.gov/vax. Clinics for 5-11-year-olds are listed at www.erie.gov/vax. ECDOH will also vaccinate any eligible Erie County resident at their home. Call (716) 858-2929 for the “Vax Visit” program.

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