Updated positivity map
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COVID-19 infections are skyrocketing in every county in New York City, far exceeding the parameters that Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office announced would lead to neighborhood closures in October.
The new crisis also coincides with the shortage of vaccines. Yesterday, Cuomo reported that “for now” there is no news of a “short-term” increase in doses for New York.
NYC health data shows that currently 54 of the 177 ZIP codes have a positive test rate over 10%, a drastic increase from the week before Thanksgiving, when 40 neighborhoods posted numbers above 4%.
Those rates are still well below their spring highs, but much higher than on Oct. 21, when Governor Cuomo said he would shut down any neighborhood where more than 4% of tests tested positive for the virus.
After numbers skyrocketed across the state following year-end vacations and meetings, health officials adopted a new policy to designate “red zones” based on hospital capacity metrics, highlighted New York Post.
Meanwhile, Cases, hospitalizations and deaths from the virus continued their upward trend this week, with an average of 67 NYC residents dying each day, compared to just 6 when the governor announced the new strict lockdown measure in October, according to city data.
South Brooklyn has been particularly hard hit by high positivity rates, with the city’s highest ZIP code encompassing Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach and Sheepshead Bay.
In zip code 11235, 17.6% of those tested tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week. From Sunset Park to Borough Park to Coney Island, eight surrounding zip lines also saw rates that exceeded the benchmark.
The highest ZIP code in Manhattan was 10034 for Inwood, with a positivity rate of 10.3%. The 11419 of Richmond Hill and South Ozone Park was the worst in Queens with 15.2%. Nearby 11417 and 11421 were also plagued with double-digit positive test rates.
In The Bronx, Hunt’s Point 10474 had the worst test percentage at 12.2%. The worst performing ZIP codes in Staten Island they were on opposite coasts: 10304 New Dorp and 10307 Tottenville.
New York continues to be the state with the most deaths from the pandemic in the country: 42,074 at the moment, the majority in NYC.