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Where are we with the pandemic? 7 Eyewitness News answer your questions

Posted at 5:42 PM, Nov 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-20 17:42:38-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — As Western New York faces a surge in COVID-19 cases, we wanted to answer a few questions submitted by you.

Where are we with the virus?
Many asked what "wave" we are considered to be in at this point. Some say we are still in the first wave, others the second wave, and Dr. Peter Winkelstein, Executive Director of UB's Institute for Healthcare Informatics says we are actually in the third wave.

"However you count it we are in a wave and it is a big one."

Dr. Winkelstein said that the highest rates of the coronavirus to date are expected in Western New York this coming week.

What is the plan to test schools?
That falls on the schools and the districts themselves. Erie County will not be providing tests, instead schools/districts can obtain a Limited Site License to offer testing, or partner with healthcare providers on this.

Why can dance studios stay open?
Dance studios and other entertainment businesses like bowling alleys and movie theaters can stay open despite the orange designation. This is because they are not listed as high-risk non-essential businesses. If there is a change to a red zone, those would then have to close.