Erie County COVID-19 positivity rate rising, but hospitalizations are going down

Erie County

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Erie County’s daily COVID-19 positivity rate is continuing to rise during this holiday season.

The county’s health department reported 535 new cases on Christmas Day. It’s a relatively low number, but the positivity rate that day was 12.5 percent. The following day, there were 750 new cases, with a positivity rate of 11.2 percent.

The county says that hospitalization rates are decreasing. On Christmas Eve, there were 254 people with COVID-19 in Erie County hospitals, compared to 292 the day before.

Governor Kathy Hochul provided another update on Monday morning where she shared data for the western New York region as a whole.

In this area, the latest 7-day average for cases per 100,000 people is 68.80. This is low compared to the state average of 180.82.

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On Christmas Day and the day after, a combined 132 people died in New York State as a result of COVID-19.

Residents’ efforts to get protected against COVID-19 are ongoing. So far, more than 4.3 million booster shots have been administered in the state. 379,558 of those were given in western New York.

Watch Gov. Hochul’s Monday morning update in the video player below:

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