The eastside of Buffalo is seeing an increase in positive COVID-19 cases. Over the past four weeks, the number of people who have tested positive for the deadly virus has almost tripled in the 14215 zip code. According to the most recent data reported by the Erie County Department of Health, these are the number of confirmed cases over the past month,

October 3 - 9, 2021 - 14215 Buffalo (East) 48 Cases
October 17 - 23, 2021 - 14215 Buffalo (East) 74 Cases
October 24 - 30, 2021 - 14215 Buffalo (East) 82 Cases
October 31 - 6, 2021 - 14215 Buffalo (East) 129 Cases

Currently, Western New York's positivity rate is more than 5 times that of New York State's biggest city. Over the past three days, the 7-day average positivity rate for WNY has been above 6 percent, according to the most recent data released by New York Governor Kathy Hochul's Office on Tuesday, November 9, 2021,

Saturday, November 6, 2021 - 6.29%

Sunday, November 7, 2021 - 6.41%

Monday, November 8, 2021 - 6.40%

The statewide average is 2.65 percent. Also, noteworthy is that New York City's 7-day average positive rate is just over 1 percent (New York City - 1.16%). 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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