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State and local officials who have already made an effort to distribute vaccines to the estimated 7 million New Yorkers currently eligible for them have redoubled their efforts in the face of the worsening nationwide situation.
The rapid spread of the Covid-19 vaccine became even more urgent this week as New York State continued to battle some of its highest cases of the pandemic and a new, more contagious variant of B117, first discovered in the UK, spreading across the board Land continued.
For the past four days, West New York has reported more than 1,000 new Covid-19 cases per day on a seven-day moving average. This is a dramatic acceleration from 650 to 750 new daily cases reported during much of the second half of December. Hospital stays also remained elevated this week, leading to 143 deaths from Covid-19 in the first two weeks of January.
Covid-19 Dashboard: WNY Cases and Deaths
State and local officials who have already made an effort to distribute vaccines to the estimated 7 million New Yorkers currently eligible for them have redoubled their efforts in the face of the worsening nationwide situation. The number of infections reported daily has risen sharply since Christmas. In the week leading up to Monday, an average of almost 60% more new cases occurred than in the week leading up to December 21. Regardless, the B117 variant of the novel coronavirus appears to be spreading more easily than the more common version, has now been discovered in 10 states including New York.
These findings are part of a Buffalo News project to track and analyze critical Covid-19 metrics. The news uses data from the state and county health department, state department of education and the New York Times national coronavirus database to provide context and images for the still developing story of Covid-19 in Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties.