Western New York state is being crippled by COVID-19, with cases increasing tenfold in the city of Buffalo in the past month alone.
The city – which is located by the US -Canada border and is home to more than 250,000 people -has had a positive test rate above 5 percent for the past two weeks, and experts fear Thanksgiving celebrations could further fuel the surge in infections.
‘The second wave is here, and it is here with a vengeance,’ Erie County executive Mark Poloncarz stated at a news conference Wednesday, adding that area is being ‘annihlated’ by the virus.
Buffalo is located in Erie County, which is now clocking an average of 3,449 new infections per week – up from just 322 last month.
The number of residents being hospitalized with the virus has nearly tripled in the past three weeks.
Poloncarz says the first wave of coronavirus infections which battered Buffalo this past spring is significantly different to the current wave.
He told The New York Times that multigenerational households in the county’s poorer neighborhoods bore the brunt of the first wave, while the virus now appears to be disproportionately affecting wealthier residents.
In some Buffalo zip codes, the positivity rate is climbing towards 10 percent, according to WIVB.
Western New York state is being crippled by COVID-19, with cases increasing tenfold in the city of Buffalo in the past month alone. Pictured: A nurse tends to a patient on a ventilator at a hospital in Buffalo
This graph shows hospitalizations in Western New York on the rise as the area battles a second wave. In Erie County, the number of residents in hospital with COVID-19 has almost tripled in the past three weeks alone
Erie County executive Mark Poloncarz says Western New York state is being ‘annihlated’ by the virus
The current surge in infections began shortly after Halloween, prompting somne epidemiologists to theorize that parties held by locals with lockdown fatigue could have fueled the spread.
University of Buffalo professor Dr. Thomas A. Russo told the Times that a ‘small but significant minority resisting masking and other restrictions’ could also be making the situation worse.
‘Even 20 percent of people not complying is enough [to cause widespread infection]’, Dr. Russo told the publication.
Despite the high positivity rate, Buffalo has thus far avoided a complete lockdown. Nonessential businesses are still open and public gatherings are still allowed.
However, Gov. Cuomo says he is keeping a close eye on the situation.
We’re watching the numbers. We’re going to watch through this Thanksgiving season,’ he said Wednesday.
Gov. Cuomo says he is keeping a close eye on the situation unfolding in Western New York state
Erie County (seen in orange in the inset graph) is considered one of the state’s worst cluster zones
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