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COVID-19: Cuomo points out WNY for high positivity rate

Mon, Apr 12th 2021 04:35 pm

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday singled out Western New York for its high rate of new coronavirus cases. As was often the case in 2020, this region is tops.

“Positivity by region … Western New York, back on top, 4.79(%),” he said. “Western New York, as everybody remembers, was very high; public information campaign, and then more publicity about consequences, people dying, more people in hospitals, people know someone who gets sick; the message came home, the compliance goes up; then positivity number goes down. We now have COVID fatigue and some places – some places – the number goes up. COVID fatigue is different in different places. It is the behavior. I was talking to (New York State Health Commissioner) Dr. (Howard) Zucker about this. It is human behavior. Human behavior.

“Western New York, 4.79; Long Island, 3.9; Mid-Hudson, 3.8; New York City, 3.5; Finger Lakes, 3.3; Capital Region, 2.2; North Country, 1.8; Mohawk, 1.7; Central New York, 1.45; Southern Tier, 0.7. Statewide, 3.2. The positivity by borough in New York City – take a guess: Staten Island, 4.2. … Queens, my home borough, 3.7; Brooklyn, 3.5; Bronx, 3.3. Bronx is lower than it has been. Staten Island was high, went down, is No. 1 again. And Manhattan, 2.14, which has been consistent. New York City seven-day positivity, 3.5, lowest since early December.”

The statewide positivity rate on Sunday was 3.75%. Erie County had 363 new cases. Niagara County reported 79.

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