In West New York, Covid-19 is bettering, however the second wave might final for months, based on native information

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An Erie County Covid-19 vaccination clinic at the Bomansville Volunteer Fire Company in Bomansville on Saturday, January 16, 2021.

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Vials in which samples were stored for the testing process in the microbiology laboratory of the Sisters Hospital.

The restaurants will reopen for personal dining. Bills fans cheered last weekend’s game at Bills Stadium. And the Covid-19 vaccine is gradually leaking out to eligible workers – albeit at a much slower pace than officials predicted.

However, despite signs of a return to normal, it may take months for New York Covid-19 cases to return to the low levels the region saw this summer. Meanwhile, the long, grueling second wave is expected to infect more than a million people across New York state – and claim 8,900 more lives.

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, as well as the state department of education and the New York Times national coronavirus database, to provide context and imagery for the evolving story of Covid-19 in Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties.

While this data shows improvement in the short term in West New York and across the state, it suggests that a second wave kickback may prove to be more gradual. Since January 10, when the average daily infections soared to a record 1,124 per day, both the number of new daily infections in West New York and the positive test rate have dropped back to mid-December levels.

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