Western New York COVID-19 clusters lead to "caution flag" from Cuomo

Posted at 2:46 PM, Aug 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-24 14:54:39-04

ERIE COUNTY, N.Y. (WKBW) — Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced that 2,260 diagnostic tests were reported on Saturday, with 52 new cases of COVID-19, which is a daily positive rate of 2.3 percent.

According to Governor Andrew Cuomo's office, the statewide daily positive rate for that same day is .77 percent.

"Western New York, we have a 'caution flag' and we are focusing on it and trying to understand exactly what has happened," Governor Cuomo said Monday.

Cuomo says there have been several "clusters" of COVID-19 cases in the Western New York, citing cases at a steel plant in Erie County, a food processing factory in Chautauqua County, 2 nursing homes, people testing positive while hospitalized for unrelated procedures and seasonal farm workers.

"It's not a cause for serious concern but it is a caution flag and we are looking at it," Cuomo added.

Monday afternoon, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz released a statement about the uptick in cases, encouraging Erie County residents to keep the spread of COVID-19 under control.

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