Manhattan positivity rates back to 20% – NBC New York


As what appears to be a sixth wave of COVID-19 in New York City gathers momentum, positivity rates in parts of Manhattan are back at 20% and citywide transmission rates are down. income to levels last seen in late May.

Some of the city’s top epidemiologists warned last week that a new wave seemed to be beginning, driven by the BA.5 subvariant, which some scientists consider the “worst version” of omicron ever seen.

Data released Tuesday by the city’s health department seems to confirm this.

Manhattan’s Yorkville neighborhood has a 19.7% positivity rate, according to new city maps, and parts of East Harlem are at 19.6% positivity. Elsewhere in the city, neighborhoods in Staten Island and Queens are approaching rates of 25%.

In the five boroughs, the transmission rate – the number of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the past seven days – has risen above 300 for the first time since the end of May. In areas like Gramercy Park, that rate is actually over 450.

Although the curve of cases is moving up again, hospitalizations and deaths (both lagging indicators) are down at the moment.

New York City is currently reassessing its COVID alert system amid a new pandemic wave that, unlike others, has not seen skyrocketing positivity rates coupled with a significant increase in hospitalizations.


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