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Cuomo: WNY region is not great, better than some days; caution flag still waves

Cuomo also said that while numbers for the region are better than some days, it is still not great. He stated that the region still has a caution flag.

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo provided an updated into the state's progress on the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic late Tuesday morning.

Governor Cuomo stated that the COVID-19 positive rate for the Western New York region on September 28 was 1.3%. The region was tied with New York City for the highest positive rate in the state.

Cuomo also said that while numbers for the region are better than some days, it is still not great. He stated that the region still has a caution flag. 

Below are the positive rates for the regions across the state for Monday:

  • Capital Region: 0.9%
  • Finger Lakes: 0.9%
  • Long Island: 1.2%
  • New York City: 1.3%
  • North Country: 0.2%
  • Western New York: 1.3%

Cuomo mentioned that clusters in communities across the state are creating an increase in COVID-19 cases and said that competent government must do compliance

"A cluster today is community spread tomorrow," said Cuomo. He also reminded New Yorkers that wearing a mask is a law.

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.