WNY’s 7-day average COVID positivity rate is highest in NY


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Western New York has a higher 7-day average COVID-19 positivity rate than any other region in the state.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this during a visit to Buffalo’s Northland Workforce Training Center Friday morning. The news came after he signed a bill that makes it so Internet providers must offer a low-cost option for lower-income families.

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As of Thursday, western New York is the only region in the state with a 7-day average COVID-19 positivity rate above 4 percent, and it’s close to five. The specific number is 4.93 percent.

This is a stark contrast from the Southern Tier’s 7-day average positivity rate of 0.81 percent, and well above the Finger Lakes’ rate of 3.09 percent.

The Finger Lakes aren’t far off from the state’s 7-day average of 3.04 percent, which is the lowest the number has been since November 25. To compare, the 7-day state average on January 4 was 7.94 percent.

More than 8 million New Yorkers have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 5.3 million are fully vaccinated.

On Thursday, 43 New Yorkers died as a result of COVID-19. The day’s positivity rate was 2.81 percent.

Hospitalizations saw their lowest number since November 30 on Thursday, at 3,884.

Evan Anstey is a digital content producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2015. See more of his work here and follow him on Twitter.

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