Patients wait in line for a rapid Covid-19 testing clinic operated by the Erie County Health Department outside Jericho Road Community Health Center on Saturday, October 24, 2020.
The latest good coronavirus news from West New York continued on Saturday when the positivity rate fell below 3% for the first time in more than three months.
The state announced that the region’s average positive Covid-19 test rate was 2.87% through Friday through Friday.
It’s the first time the five counties rate has been below 3% since Nov. 5, when the combined rate for Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties was 2.9%.
The region’s positivity rate, which represents the percentage of positive tests, has decreased by nearly 6 percentage points over the past six weeks.
The highest positive rate achieved for the region during the pandemic was 8.8% on Jan. 5. After the first few months of the outbreak last spring, the rate was 1% in the summer of 2020 before rising in the fall and winter.
Health officials, including the World Health Organization, recommend keeping a positive rate below 5%.
The region’s positive rate was encouraging for Covid-19 metrics for West New York and the state, which showed the decreased spread of the coronavirus, among other things.
“Our ability to fight back Covid depends entirely on our actions,” Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said in a statement, “and the decrease in positivity and hospital stays after the vacation shows that New Yorkers continue to do the right things to stay.” for sure.”