These 7 Erie County zip codes with the highest COVID-19 spread over the past 7 days, have a combined total of more than 1,300 positive cases.  Over the past week, 4,251 Erie County residents have tested positive for the deadly virus. A month ago, on October 16, 2021, the new cases for the 7 days prior were 1,818, according to the Erie County Department of Health.

Overall, Western New York has the highest 7-day average COVID-19 positivity rate,

RegionFriday, November 19, 2021Saturday, November 20, 2021Sunday, November 21, 2021
Western New York9.48%9.65%9.79%

The statewide average is:

RegionFriday, November 19, 2021Saturday, November 20, 2021Sunday, November 21, 2021



As you can see, WNY has almost three times the statewide average.

Erie County Executive, Mark Poloncarz announced yesterday 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.


7. 14225 (Cheektowaga) - 150 cases

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6. 14215 (Buffalo-East) - 184 cases

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5. 14086 (Lancaster) - 190 cases

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4. 14150 (Tonawanda) - 192 cases

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3. 14224 (West Seneca) - 202 cases

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2. 14221 (Amherst/Williamsville/Clarence) - 226 cases

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1. 14075 (Hamburg) - 241 cases

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90% of New Yorkers Received Vaccine, Why Are COVID-19 Cases Increasing?

New York residents have been getting vaccinated, but the COVID-19 positivity rates in many regions in the state are worse than pre-vaccine numbers.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced yesterday that 90 percent of all New Yorkers have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

"As of today, 90 percent of adult New Yorkers have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine - while that is an incredible achievement, it's crucial we continue to take precautions to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe from this deadly virus as we head into the holiday season. We know the tools to stop the spread of COVID: Get vaccinated, get the booster if you are already vaccinated, and please stay home if you're feeling sick. The vaccine and booster is safe, free and widely available. Don't put it off any longer."

A total of 29,149,973 vaccine doses have been administered around the state. The question then becomes, why are the COVID-19 7-day averages of positive cases increasing in many regions around the state?

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