Erie County is making some huge strides in reducing COVID-19 cases. According to the most recent data, cases are down 49 percent compared to last week. For the week ending February 5, there were 2,958 new COVID-19 cases. The previous week there had been 5,761 cases. This is the fourth consecutive week of a reduction of cases. The positivity rate was 8.9%, down from 13.8% the previous week.

These are the 7 Erie County zip codes with the most COVID-19 cases:

7. 14215 (Buffalo-East) - 106

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6. 14086 (Lancaster) - 123

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5. 14225 (Cheektowaga) - 124

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4. 14075 (Hamburg) - 127

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3. 14150 (Tonawanda) - 131

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2. 14224 (West Seneca) - 151

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1. 14221 (Amherst/Williamsville/Clarence) - 182

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2 Types Of COVID-19 Antiviral Medication On Hand In Erie County

Erie County residents who test positive for COVID-19 can access two oral antiviral medications. The Erie County Department of Health announced that the medicines are available to people ages 12 and older, with a prescription. The two antivirals are authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Paxlovid and molnupiravir can help COVID-19 patients who are at risk for severe illness from the virus. They are specifically for non-hospitalized individuals who are symptomatic. Paxlovid reduced to risk of hospitalization by 88 percent and molnupiravir reduced hospitalization by about 30 percent during clinical trials.

The Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein said,

“There is a five-day window where these two medications may have an effect on preventing more serious illness in COVID-19 patients. That is why we are sharing this information widely, so our medical community and the general public know about these options.”

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15 Of New York State's Most Wanted Criminals- April 2022

Below are individuals wanted by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision's (DOCCS) Office of Special Investigations who have been designated as its Most Wanted Fugitives. They should be considered armed and dangerous. This list is current as of 04/01/2022:

NEVER attempt to apprehend a fugitive yourself. If you have information on the location of any of these fugitives, you can contact OSI 24 hours a day / 7 days a week to report it. All leads and tips are treated as confidential information.

If an immediate response is necessary, such as you see the wanted person at a location, please call “911” and report it to the police.

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