November 24, 2022

Buffalo Restaurant Fires Back and Won’t Enforce Mask Mandate

A Buffalo restaurant has announced that it will not comply with Erie County’s indoor mask mandate. Erie County enacted the mask’s mandate earlier this week, as the number of positive COVID-19 cases continues to rise in the county. Vice Buffalo said on his Instagram page that he would have no part of a mask warrant,

We are not against the Masks or the Vaccine. We are against discrimination of all kinds and we will not be part of it. It’s your right to choose

As you can see below, western New York State has the highest 7-day average positive COVID-19 rate in the entire state. On top of that, there’s a new variant that may be coming to New York soon.

Governor Hochul issues warning to New Yorkers about new variant of COVID-19

Regardless of your stance on the vaccine or masks, prepare for a new variant of COVID-19. The new Omicron variant was first found in South Africa, but has since appeared in Israel, Botswana and Hong Kong.

The World Health Organization says this new variant is worrying,

This variant has a large number of mutations, some of which are of concern. Preliminary evidence suggests an increased risk of re-infection with this variant, compared to other VOCs. The number of cases of this variant appears to be increasing in almost all provinces of South Africa. Current SARS-CoV-2 PCR diagnostics continue to detect this variant.

While many areas of New York state are already struggling to keep the Delta variant under control, Governor Hochul issued a statement on the new variant, warning residents to be vigilant to protect themselves,

“I want to remind New Yorkers to continue to take the precautionary measures we know to reduce the spread of this deadly virus: wear a mask in indoor public places, use good hand hygiene, get tested and stay home in case of illness. The vaccine also remains one of our greatest weapons in the fight against the pandemic, and this news further underscores the need for each of us to be vaccinated and to receive the booster if you are fully vaccinated. “

Many areas of New York are currently facing a COVID-19 crisis as before the vaccine was approved. Six of New York’s 10 regions have average 7-day COVID-19 positivity rates above 5%. For weeks now, New York has been the only region that has managed to maintain a 7-day average below 2%.

Region Tuesday 23 November 2021 Wednesday, November 24, 2021 Thursday, November 25, 2021
Capital region 7.04% 6.87% 6.96%
New York Center 6.48% 6.34% 6.46%
Finger lakes 8.56% 8.56% 8.85%
Long island 4.28% 4.39% 4.40%
Mid-Hudson 2.94% 3.08% 3.14%
Mohawk Valley 7.80% 7.76% 7.75%
New York City 1.67% 1.67% 1.65%
Northern country 7.35% 7.73% 7.82%
South level 5.06% 5.13% 4.99%
Western New York 9.88% 9.77% 9.67%
Statewide 3.84% 3.84% 3.82%

If this new variant makes it to New York City, which it most likely will, we could see a huge increase in COVID-19 cases, according to the WHO,

This variant has been detected at faster rates than previous outbreaks of infection, suggesting that this variant may have a growth advantage.

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