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Cuomo says WNY Region COVID-19 rate is 1.7%, says 'caution flag'

Governor Cuomo said that of the 109,218 tests reported for Wednesday, September 1, 1,382 were positive or 1.27%.

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo provided an updated into the state's progress on the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic during a conference call on Thursday.

Governor Cuomo said that of the 109,218 tests reported statewide for Wednesday, September 30, 1,382 were positive or 1.27%.

As for the Western New York Region, Cuomo said the region has a 1.7% COVID-19 positive rate and reminded people on the call that the region continues to have a caution flag.

The Western New York region, which includes Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties.

Human coronaviruses are usually spread through...

•    The air by coughing or sneezing

•    Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands

•    Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.

Help stop the spread of coronavirus 

•    Stay home when you are sick.

•    Eat and sleep separately from your family members

•    Use different utensils and dishes

•    Cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, hot your hand.

•    If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash.

Lower your risk

•    Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

•    Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

•    Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

•    Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

•    If you are 60 or over and have an underlying health condition such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or respiratory illnesses like asthma or COPD, the World Health Organization advises you to try to avoid crowds or places where you might interact with people who are sick.