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State's Covid-19 rate stays below 1%, while WNY rate hit 2% Saturday

State's Covid-19 rate stays below 1%, while WNY rate hit 2% Saturday

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo

Saturday's Covid-19 infection rate across New York State was 0.99%, the 37th straight day that the rate has remained below 1%, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Sunday.

"Our numbers continue to reflect the work of New Yorkers, who ultimately flattened the curve," Cuomo said. "For 37 days, our infection rate has remained below 1%, which is incredible when you think back to where we were in the spring. As we head into the fall and flu season ahead, we need everyone to continue to wear masks, socially distance and wash their hands, and above all, stay New York tough."

In the five counties that make up Western New York for reporting purposes – Erie, Niagara, Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua – Saturday's rate was 2.0%, up from 1.5% on both Thursday and Friday, according to the state. 

There were six deaths on Saturday from Covid-19, bringing the statewide total to 25,390. None of the latest deaths occurred in Western New York.

The governor also confirmed 725 new cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 444,365 confirmed cases. The state's data – which often differs from local numbers because of differences in reporting timelines – indicates Niagara County saw seven new cases, Chautauqua had eight, Cattaraugus had two and Allegany had none.

Later on Sunday, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz tweeted that the county had 67 new cases on Saturday, and that the county's positivity rate was 2.1% 

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