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Positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations drop in WNY region

The percent positive in the WNY Region on August 4 was 0.5 percent, that’s tied for the lowest mark in the pandemic.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Like most of the state, the daily hospitalizations and positive COVID-19 cases in the five county Western New York region continue to trend downward.

Daily hospitalizations dropped to 29 on August 4. That’s down from 38 the day before, and just above the lowest point, 28 on July 28, during the pandemic.

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Daily hospitalizations for WNY region on August 4, 2020

The percent positive in the WNY Region on August 4 was 0.5 percent, that’s tied for the lowest mark in the pandemic.

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Percent positive COVID-19 cases for WNY region on August 4, 2020

The seven-day rolling average for the region is now 1 percent. There were 44 positive results out of 8,112 tests in the region. That number of tests is 1,900 more tests than the previous high point for the region. Of those tests, 5,925 were in Erie County and there were 35 positive results. The previous high for Erie County was 4,101 on June 5.

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.