With only a few regions in New York State really controlling the spread of COVID-19, restrictions are starting to come back into the picture. According to the most recent state COVID-19 update, released Tuesday, November 23 (with data for Monday, November 22) by the Governor's Offices, Western New York has the highest COVID-19 7-day average positivity rate statewide.


RegionSaturday, November 20, 2021Sunday, November 21, 2021Monday, November 22, 2021
Capital Region6.83%6.83%6.80%
Central New York6.70%6.73%6.71%
Finger Lakes8.58%8.68%8.57%
Long Island4.16%4.18%4.20%
Mohawk Valley7.37%7.67%7.64%
New York City1.60%1.63%1.65%
North Country7.13%7.26%7.23%
Southern Tier5.03%5.08%4.97%
Western New York9.65%9.79%9.72%

Erie County Executive, Mark Poloncarz announced on Monday that the new mandate has been put in place to try to lower WNY's COVID-19 positivity rate,

Erie County will implement a 4 phase approach. Effective as of 11/23/21, we will enter into Phase One. There will be a mask mandate for all patrons and public facing staff, inside all public locations in Erie County. If Phase 1 can reduce the number of positive cases and decrease our hospital admission numbers, then we can prevent entering into a Phase 2. The plan is to assess the need for additional measures using COVID-19 case data, case rate and hospitalizations, unless conditions require an earlier implementation.


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If you are looking to get vaccinated, the Erie County Department of Health has info here. You can also get vaccinated in the privacy of your home by calling Call (716) 858-2929 to make an appointment. It's free for Erie County residents who are age five and older.

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