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Niagara County COVID-19 cases continue to rise

The county reported 158 new COVID-19 positive cases for Friday, November 13 - Sunday, November 15.
Credit: WGRZ

LOCKPORT, N.Y. — The Niagara County Department of health released the latest COVID-19 update with information from weekend cases.

The county reported 158 new COVID-19 positive cases for Friday, November 13 - Sunday, November 15. There are currently 560 active cased. 543 residents are isolating at home and 17 are in the hospital. 

School officials in North Tonawanda have closed the middle school on Monday, November 16 due to a number of positive COVID-19 tests that came back over the weekend, according to the district.  

This weekend's positive cases brings the total count to 2,863 for Niagara County. 2,200 have recovered and 103 have died of a COVID-19 related illness. 

The Niagara County Department of Health has unveiled a new map on Friday to show where the highest number of active positive cases are in the county. 

The 'heat map' shows the majority of the active cases are in Niagara Falls, Lewiston, and North Tonawanda.

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.

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