WNY region COVID-19 positive rate below 1 percent Friday

Posted at 2:25 PM, Sep 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-19 14:25:42-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — After previously experiencing an increased rate of positive COVID-19 tests, the rate of positive COVID-19 tests in the Western New York region fell below 1 percent Friday.

The rate of positive COVID-19 tests in the WNY region Friday was 0.9 percent, Thursday it was 1.2 percent and Wednesday it was 1.5 percent.

The state's rate of positive COVID-19 tests Friday was 0.89 percent with a record number of 110,444 test results reported.

"When we first started this journey a few months ago, we only had the capacity to do a few hundred tests per day - we have now reached a new record with over 110,000 tests reported to the State in one day," said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. "Despite testing more than most other states, our infection rate remains below one percent. But this pandemic is not over.

"We must protect our progress, and it's going to take all of us to keep up our hard work to do so. Everyone must continue to wash their hands, wear their masks, remain socially distant and above all, stay New York Tough."

There were two deaths due to COVID-19 in the state Friday, one of them was in Erie County the other in Queens.

For further information you can visit the state's website here.