A free health & wellness expo happening this weekend in Buffalo hopes to get residents excited about living healthy lifestyles. The 3rd Annual Sadie Strong Community Health and Wellness Expo will take place this Saturday, October 2, 2021 from 10 am to 1 pm. The event will be held at the Rev. Dr. Bennett W. Smith Family Life Center, located at 833 Michigan Avenue in Buffalo. The event will feature lots of information about health, wellness and more.

Here are some of the highlights of the event:

- An 'Ask the Doctor' panel
- Health screenings
- Wellness workshops
- Fitness exhibitions
- Kids activities
- Health and advocacy information
- Flu shots

You can also set up a mobile mammogram appointment by calling ahead - 716-632-7465, option 3.

Staying healthy is really important as we head into the fall. Not only is COVID-19 still rampant in New York, but we're also entering flu season too. In the state, the Delta variant of COVID-19 is widespread. New York State just launched a new website to track the spread of COVID-19 variants, such as the Delta variant. As of September 18, 2021, the Delta variant is dominating the positive COVID cases in the state,

For samples of SARS-CoV-2 collected between August 29 and September 11, 2021 from New York State that are sequenced and entered into Global Initiative on Sharing Avian Influenza Data (GISAID), 99.4% were the Delta variant, an increase from 99.0% in the previous two-week period.

Between September 11 and September 18, CDC’s program for HHS Region 2 (New York, New Jersey, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico) estimated 98.1% of samples were the Delta variant, compared to 98.2% in the previous one-week period.

The same website also is tracking the spread of the Mu variant, which during the same timeframe - August 29 and September 11 - made up 0.3 percent of the COVID-19 cases in New York. The data on the spread of the Delta and Mu variants was provided from the Global Initiative on Sharing Avian Influenza Data.

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