Five zip codes in Western New York have the highest cases of COVID-19, according to recently released data from the Erie County Department of Health. Per the most recent data report for the Department, there were 1,818 COVID-19 cases reported in the county for the week ending October 16, 2021.

These zip codes have the highest seven-day average case rates:

14141 (Springville - 32 cases)
14057 (Eden - 30 cases)
14072 (Grand Island - 68 cases)
14086 (Lancaster - 68 cases)
14085 (Lake View - 19 cases)

The age ranges in Erie County with the most COVID-19 cases are people ages 20 to 29-years-old and 30 to 39-year-old. There were 404 cases in people under the age of 18-years-old for the week ending October 16.

29% of new COVID-19 cases last week were among city of Buffalo residents. For reference, city of Buffalo residents make up 29% of all Erie County residents.

New York State Pushing to Vaccinate Kids, Announces 25 Pop-Ups at Schools

Governor Kathy Hochul recently announced that New York State will host 25 new #VaxtoSchool COVID-19 vaccination pop-ups aimed at vaccinated kids. Back on September 21, 2021, Gov. Hochul said that a total of 120 pop-up sites would be placed around the state over a 12-week period. So far, 86 sites have been set up.

Gov. Hochul says that it's important for kids in New York to be vaccinated against the deadly virus,

"We continue to do everything possible to vaccinate eligible school-aged New Yorkers. Our #VaxtoSchool program—including new sites established weekly, mobile vaccinations, and education efforts in collaboration with partners on-the-ground—is bringing the vaccine to younger New Yorkers and their families. If you are a parent or guardian of a school-aged New Yorker, I urge you to get your child vaccinated so they can protect themselves, those around them, and participate in keeping their school community healthy and safe from COVID-19."

A medical professional is available at each of the sites to answer questions for parents and guardians. For the week of October 18, the #VaxtoSchool bus is scheduled to visit:

- Massena Community Center (North Country)
- Chenango Valley High School (Southern Tier)
- Vineyard Farms and Outdoors Center for Excellence (Finger Lakes)

As of October 18, 62.8 percent of 12 to 15-year-olds and 72.3 percent of 16 to 25-year-olds have received at least one vaccine dose. ~ Governor's website

You can find all of the #VaxtoSchool pop-up sites here.

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Answers to 25 common COVID-19 vaccine questions

Vaccinations for COVID-19 began being administered in the U.S. on Dec. 14, 2020. The quick rollout came a little more than a year after the virus was first identified in November 2019. The impressive speed with which vaccines were developed has also left a lot of people with a lot of questions. The questions range from the practical—how will I get vaccinated?—to the scientific—how do these vaccines even work?

Keep reading to discover answers to 25 common COVID-19 vaccine questions.

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