It is really starting to feel like normal around here when you take a look at all the businesses that are getting back to work and now the fully vaccinated residents of Western New York are walking around without masks, you would think that it is pretty safe to say that we are in the clear. It actually turns out that we could be on the brink of another round of serious COVID cases.

According to, there have been 76 new cases of COVID-19 among Eire County residents, the Erie County Department of Health released recent a report of the findings. The previous reports show that cases were at 5.2 per 100,000 residents, now the new report shows that cases are up to 8.3 per 100,000 residents. This increase is concerning in my opinion, because of the number of people that are getting together at parties and other events without a mask on.

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Buffalo has seen 34% of the new COVID-19 cases, which is an increase of 25% from last week. Lackawanna and Cheektowaga are also starting to see new cases. I know that the level of confidence in vaccines has increased among residents here in Western New York, but I do wonder if there is still some concern from people that are thinking that the current vaccine won't take care of the new variants. The experts say the best defense against the virus is to be vaccinated, and if you have not had gotten the vaccine yet, remember to wear a mask in public.

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