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WNY 'SWAT' team results


Fri, Sep 4th 2020 10:00 am

On Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the results of the state’s “SWAT” team’s focused testing effort in Western New York over the past five days. A total of 6,385 tests were performed at eight sites with results delivered in 15 minutes. A total of 266 positive cases were identified, for a positivity rate of 4.1%. Contact tracing efforts in partnership with local health departments are ongoing.

The results include: √

√ City of Buffalo: 5.9%

√ Chautauqua County: 4.5%

√ Niagara County: 2.8%

√ Erie County, not including City of Buffalo: 2.3%

To ensure continued availability of rapid result testing over the next weeks throughout Western New York, Cuomo directed the State Department of Health to lend for use over the next weeks 20 rapid result testing machines to local health departments in this region, and provide each department with an initial allotment of test kits, enabling more than 8,500 additional rapid tests to be administered over the next weeks. The test results are delivered in 15 minutes, allowing contact tracing efforts to begin immediately.

The machines will be distributed on loan from NYS DOH as follows to support continued focused testing efforts over the next several weeks:

√ Cattaraugus: 750 tests, three rapid result testing machines

√ Allegany: 500 tests, two rapid result testing machines

√ Niagara: 2,250 tests, five rapid result testing machines

√ Chautauqua: 1,000 tests, four rapid result testing machines

√ Erie: 4,000 tests, six rapid result testing machines

Cuomo reminded Western New York residents there are 86 existing testing sites currently operating in the region where COVID-19 testing can be scheduled. The sites are listed at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you and include:

√ Allegany: Eight testing sites

√ Cattaraugus: Five testing sites

√ Chautauqua: Seven testing sites

√ Erie: 51 testing sites

√ Niagara: 15 testing sites

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