Vaccine policy, passivity accused of increasing Covid-19 rates in rural areas | Local news

A spokeswoman for Gov. Kathy Hochul did not respond to a request for comment.

Wendel tried to cast doubt on the high positivity rate, saying that if more people throughout Chautauqua County were tested, he thought the percentages would drop.

“We are not testing near as many people as we were,” he said, adding that in the summer the county tested between 2,000 and 3,000 people a day and had zero positive cases over a four-day period in August.

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Western New York virus numbers are hot and getting hotter. On the way into a season of holiday gatherings, there is no reason to believe they will calm down.

On Saturday, 395 people in Chautauqua County were tested and 94 were positive for coronavirus, data showed.

“If we were to go out and start testing the way we tested at the beginning of this, those numbers would all start to drop, no doubt,” Wendel said.

Still, unlike Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz, Wendel said he has no plans to issue a county-wide mask mandate.

“Each county focuses on their individual situation,” Wendel said. “We discussed it. My team, we send messages and talk every day. The question I ask is, ‘Does anyone feel we should issue a mandate?’ And they all have the same attitude that mandates are just not the way to do it. ”

Wendel said backlash against vaccine mandates for health professionals and other professions has contributed to his voters refusing to get jab. Other Chautauqua County residents do not view the vaccine as a public health response, but as a political statement that separates Democrats from Republicans.

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