Erie County's COVID-19 positivity rate is soaring again. Western New York currently has the highest 7-day average positivity rate and Erie County is leading the way.

According to the Erie County Department of Health, there were 716 new COVID-19 cases on April 25, and 4,121 cases over the past 7 days.

The positivity rate in Erie County jumped from 18.5 percent to 24.3 percent.

The positivity rate in the county has increased for the sixth straight week. In April, four residents of Erie County died from COVID-19. All were over the age of 80.

The Centers for Disease Control has moved Erie County’s COVID-19 community level from medium to high.

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Only one of the 10 regions has a 7-day average positivity rate of under 5 percent - New York City, which is the most populated in the state.

WNY has the highest rate as of Monday, April 25, coming in at just over 15 percent:

 Western New York - April 25 - 15.78%

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Here are the other four New York regions with COVID-19 7-day average positivity rates reported above 10 percent (the most up-to-date data):

Mohawk Valley - April 25 - 10.24%

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Central New York - April 25 - 11.89%

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Capital Region - April 25 - 12.01%

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Finger Lakes - April 25 - 13.83%

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Here Are The Other New York Regions And Statewide Average:

Statewide - April 25 - 7.12%

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Mid-Hudson - April 25 - 5.32%

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Long Island - April 25 - 6.70%

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North Country - April 25 - 8.65%

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Southern Tier - April 25 - 9.86%

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Once again, New York State's most populated region, New York City, is actually doing the best when it comes to controlling the spread of COVID-19.

New York City - April 25 - 4.89%

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