Western New York region COVID-19 daily positivity rate reaches 3%

Posted at 6:30 PM, Nov 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-03 18:36:59-05

NEW YORK (WKBW) — The COVID-19 daily positivity rate in the Western New York region for Monday was 3.0% and the statewide positvity rate was 1.81% according to a release from the governor's office.

"As cases continue to surge across the country and around the globe, New Yorkers must remember what has worked for us from Day One: being disciplined and smart," Governor Andrew Cuomo said. "As our metrics demonstrate, New York State is not immune from the wave of COVID outbreaks currently sweeping across the nation and the increase in cases and hospitalizations over the past weeks must serve as a caution flag that unless we are vigilant and continue wearing masks, washing our hands and remaining socially distant, the viral spread will increase. While the numbers show New York State is comparatively in a better place managing the virus than most other states, our progress is threatened by the national surge in new cases and we must remain New York Tough."

The WNY region which the NYSDOH classifies as Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany counties performed over 17,000 tests and had over 200 positive tests Monday.

The region has had a COVID-19 daily positive rate above 2% since October 28.

7 Eyewitness News has reached out to the state to see if a micro-cluster approach is expected to be implemented anywhere in the WNY region due to the high COVID-19 daily positive rate.

Cases are rising in most parts of the country and Dr. Thomas Russo, chief of University at Buffalo's Division of Infectious Diseases, said Friday two factors could be at play which are cooler weather leading to more indoor activities and a level of COVID fatigue.