8 people died of COVID-19 in western New York on Thursday

BUFFALO, NY – As New York State continues to fight the coronavirus pandemic, the state released data on Friday showing that nearly 100 people across the state died from the virus on Thursday.

A total of 94 people died, including eight people on site. Locals who died of COVID-19 that day include one person in Cattaraugus County, two people in Chautauqua County, three people in Erie County, and two people in Niagara County.

To date, 38,891 people have died from the pandemic in New York State.

The regional rate of COVID-19 positive tests in West New York is currently over one percent below the national average. The seven-day positivity rate for COVID-19 in West New York was 1.98 percent on Thursday, and the average in New York state was 3.16 percent.

The number of hospitalizations in the state has fallen to its lowest level since December 8, with 5,034 people hospitalized for COVID-19. About a fifth or 1,030 of these patients are in intensive care units. Of the patients in the intensive care unit, almost three quarters of these people are intubated with 700 people.

There are currently 169 people in the hospital in West New York. COVID-19 patients currently make up 0.01 percent of the area’s population.

Unfortunately, I have to report that @ECDOH confirms that 23 other Erie County residents died of COVID-19 between February 23 and March 1, 2021.

The total number of deaths as of March 1 is 1,674.

I offer my deepest condolences to everyone who lost a loved one during this terrible pandemic. pic.twitter.com/XfwSGvQid4

– Mark Poloncarz (@markpoloncarz) March 5, 2021

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