JAMESTOWN – Western New York’s COVID-19 positivity rate continues to trend upward.
According to the State Health Department, the region’s seven-day average is now above eight percent. Statewide the average is just above three percent. Locally, Chautauqua County’s seven-day average positivity rate is now 7.5 percent.
Last week, the local health department warned that Coronavirus cases will likely continue to increase as the fall and winter seasons drag on. Local health officials are specifically concerned that misinformation is slowing the vaccine rollout.
Nevertheless, over 1,000 county residents rolled up their arms to get the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine last week, the first major uptick in local vaccinations since May. This stat as the county has focused its eye on vaccinated kids five to 11.
So far, over 73,400 people have received at least one dose of the shot with more than 66,000 county residents consider to be fully vaccinated.
As for opportunities to get the shot most local pharmacies have walk-in appointments available. Additionally, the county health department has held several clinics for all approved age groups with appointments posted online at chqgov.com.