More than 188,600 Western New Yorkers have contracted Covid-19 since March 2020 and 2,980 have died of it.
The five-county region – Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties – had reported declining case counts, hospitalizations and deaths since its second-wave peak in January, as vaccinations ramped up across the region and more people acquire immunity. Cases and hospitalizations rose in early spring, peaked in mid-April and declined sharply before beginning an uptick in July that continues into the fall.
Hundreds of thousands of Western New Yorkers are now fully vaccinated, causing the daily pace of new vaccinations to slow.
But disparities in vaccination rates remain. Since the beginning of the rollout, white Western New Yorkers have made up a greater share of the vaccinated than they do of the overall population. Many Western New Yorkers of color have received vaccines at a disproportionately low rate, by comparison.
The share of Western New Yorkers who are fully vaccinated also lags behind the figure for New York State as a whole.
Public health experts and officials, both locally and at the federal level, say the effect of the vaccines can be seen across a range of pandemic-tracking metrics, including the “positive test rate," or the share of Covid-19 tests that come back positive.
The number of Western New Yorkers hospitalized with Covid-19 has has risen sharply in November to levels not seen since the spring. Many of the region's most at-risk people, such as nursing home residents, were vaccinated in the early months of the rollout.
More than 2.7 million New Yorkers have contracted Covid-19 and more than 46,600 have died in the past 20 months. Across the U.S., 48.9 million cases — and 786,089 deaths — have now been reported.
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