Erie County's positive COVID-19 cases are almost three times higher than New York State's average.

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We are not doing very well with keeping COVID-19 away here in Erie County! According to WIVB, Erie County's seven-day rolling average is 7.33 percent. Yesterday, the single-day rate in Erie County was 8.05 percent, almost three times the statewide positivity rate of 3.18 percent. The total death rate from COVID-19 was 29 on Monday November 18, 2020, with 11 of those deaths happening here in Erie County.

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The New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, said,

"The number of cases across the country and in New York are only continuing to climb. Despite our success in managing the spread, New York is not immune to this national surge of COVID. Our micro-cluster strategy and testing capacity will help us through this new season, but ensuring we don’t go back to where we were in the spring is going to depend on our behavior."

Of the 568,778 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 statewide, 18,410 of them are in Erie County.  Today, Wednesday, November 18, 2020, Governor Cuomo is expected to make an announcement, possibly upgrading Erie County from a yellow zone to an orange zone.

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