Considering the increasing spread, it almost seems like we've forgotten about this deadly virus called COVID-19. Western New York is already in the "hot seat" with a 7-day average positive rate of 6.40%, as of Monday, November 8, 2021. Our rate is the second-highest in New York State, second only to the Finger Lakes region. WNY's positivity rate is more than twice the state average and more than 5 times New York City's rate of 1.16%. Over the past three days, the 7-day average positivity rate for WNY has been above 6 percent,

Saturday, November 6, 2021 - 6.29%

Sunday, November 7, 2021 - 6.41%

Monday, November 8, 2021 - 6.40%

The following seven zip codes have the most confirmed positive cases in Erie County for the week ending November 6,

1. 14221 Amherst/Williamsville/Clarence - 146 Cases
2. 14224 West Seneca - 145 Cases
3. 14075 Hamburg - 130 Cases
4. 14215 Buffalo (East) - 129 Cases
5. 14150 Tonawanda - 126 Cases
6. 14043 Depew - 103 Cases (Tie)
6. 14086 Lancaster - 103 Cases (Tie)

Here's a look at the new cases in the past 7 days over the past 6 weeks,

Week ending 10/2/21 - 1,787
Week ending 10/9/21 - 1,850
Week ending 10/16/21 - 1,818
Week ending 10/23/21 - 1,742
Week ending 10/30/21 - 2,212
Week ending 11/6/21 - 2,690

It's clear that confirmed cases are increasing in Erie County. The age group with the most confirmed positive cases in the county is 30 to 39-year-olds. There were 460 cases (274 females/186 males) in that age group between October 31 and November 6. The Department of Health confirmed 2,690 cases of COVID-19 for the week ending Nov. 6.

Governor Kathy Hochul is encouraging all WNYers, including children, to get vaccinated,

With temperatures dropping and New Yorkers spending more time inside, it's vital we all get vaccinated. With five to 11 year olds now eligible, all school-aged children are now able to get vaccinated and we are doing everything we can to ensure they do. Not only will it protect the community, but there are numerous incentive programs in place that provide added benefits of getting your shot.

Vaccines and boosters are available for Erie County residents ages 5 and older. You can visit the Erie County Department of Health's website for more info.

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