COVID-19 rates in Western New York are on the rise and unvaccinated people are at risk. We were so ready for "outside" to finally re-open again, but authorities are warning us that the danger still exists. It's easy to get caught up in being active again, however, we are seeing a rise in infections. The current COVID-19 infection rate in WNY is 1.4 percent, according to WIVB.  Erie County Executive, Mark Poloncarz, told the television station that 90 percent of the new cases are in people who have not been vaccinated.  He also said that all the people who are hospitalized are unvaccinated.

The Erie County Department of Health tweeted an update on COVID-19 cases here in WNY,

COVID-19 cases for 7/18: 18 new cases confirmed by ECDOH. 178 total cases over past 7 days. 19 total new cases per 100,000 Erie County residents over past 7 days. Total cases through 7/11 are now 89,478. Total reflects cases transferred into/out of EC based on residence.

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Erie County Hosting Vaccination Pop-Up Events This Week

If you are still aren't vaccinated, but are ready, Erie County has quite a few vaccination events this week. According to a tweet from Erie County Executive, Mark Poloncarz on July 14, 2021, 64% of the eligible population in the county has been vaccinated,

"As of yesterday, 507,265 Erie County residents are fully vaccinated against #COVID19—that's 64% of the eligible population (12+). This is great news, but we can and must do better. If you have not done so, please #GetVaccinated!"

COVID-19 Information Resources

You can call the COVID-19 Erie County Department of Health's information line at 716-858-2929. You can visit the Erie County Department of Health's COVID-19 website for more info and resources. Here is where you can find Erie County's vaccination information website. The Centers for Disease Control website on COVID-19 can be found here for more info. The New York Department of Health's COVID-19 information line number is 888-364-3065.

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While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.

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