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Antibody testing results estimate 7.1% of WNY have been infected with COVID-19

Governor: Antibody survey shows wide exposure to virus in NY
Posted at 1:59 PM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-27 14:06:38-04

ALBANY, N.Y. (WKBW) — New COVID-19 antibody testing results released Monday by New York State show by preliminary estimates, 7.1% of people in Western New York have already been infected with COVID-19.

The region has the second-highest estimated infection rate in Upstate New York, behind only the Hudson Valley Westchester/Rockland region (10.4%), which borders New York City. Neighboring regions, including the Finger Lakes (Rochester) and Southern Tier (Binghamton), are at 2.7% and 2.4% respectively. In his daily briefing, Governor Andrew Cuomo called Western New York "the high point" in terms of positive antibody testing upstate.

Statewide, testing has determined a 14.9% infection rate in New York State as of Monday, April 27-- up from 13.9% on April 22.

Right now, scientists have not been able to determine whether people who contract and recover come the virus are able to contract the virus again.

The antibody testing data is part of New York State's survey to determine "a baseline of infection rate."