As the summer of 2021 winds down, and we get ready for the fall, and all the great things that are going to happen in Western New York as the weather starts to cool down, the threat of COVID-19 is very real. As a matter of fact, WNY has seen triple digit increases over the last couple of days.

It was reported late Sunday that the amount of COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic began and Erie County has reached 94,277.


According to data from the Erie County Health Department, Hamburg and Amherst have the most cases of COVID in the last 7 days with 55 each.

This follows an increase of 137 more cases over the weekend. As we get ready for the upcoming school year and the NFL season and the Buffalo Bills get ready to kick off, the threat of COVID-19 seems to be as prevalent as ever here in the Western New York area.

I have the pleasure, and the honor, to be the public address announcer for the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium. At the game against the Green Bay Packers over the weekend it was great to see thousands of fans back in the stadium to cheer on their hometown team. From my vantage point, it seems as though most people were adhering to the policies of wearing masks when in the indoor and enclosed spaces around the stadium. Many also wore them outside in the open air portion of the stadium as well. Many of those who are vaccinated have also chosen to wear a mask as an extra precaution when in public.

There are still two weeks before the first Buffalo Bills home game for the regular season and it will be interesting to see if there are any policy changes between now and then regarding vaccination status and entry into the stadium. Either way, it is a good idea to start practicing your social distancing, handwashing and caring that mask where are you go around western New York.

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