COVID-19 infection rate drops back below one percent in New York State, WNY rate drops

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Posted at 11:17 AM, Sep 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-16 11:18:38-04

ALBANY, N.Y. (WKBW) — The infection rate of COVID-19 in New York State fell below one percent again on Tuesday, to 0.87 percent. The announcement comes after the state ended a more than month-long streak on Monday of infection rates below one percent.

In total, there were 652 new COVID-19 cases statewide on Tuesday.

Western New York's infection rate also fell on Tuesday, to 1.1%. The rate had climbed as high as 2% in the region on Saturday. The state defines the Western New York region as Niagara, Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties. Here is a breakdown of new positive cases on Tuesday for each county:

  • Allegany - 0 new cases
  • Cattaraugus - 3 new cases
  • Chautauqua - 4 new cases
  • Erie - 36 new cases
  • Niagara - 1 new case

The Finger Lakes region, which includes the Rochester area and Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties, dropped to 0.5%.

On Tuesday, four people died of COVID-19 statewide. None of the deaths occurred in Western New York.