Nearly a third of all New York City zip codes currently report a COVID-19 positivity rate of more than 10 percent, a dramatic increase in the number of new cases since the holiday season.
As of Saturday, 54 of the 177 city zip codes have a rate of more than 10 percent.
In comparison, in the week before Thanksgiving, only 40 zip codes had a positivity rate greater than four percent.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo previously had a four percent positivity rate as the measure by which he would begin closing neighborhoods before the stats changed to focus on hospital admissions.
In a press conference in Brooklyn on Saturday morning, Cuomo revealed that, according to state figures – which are slightly different from the city’s – the Big Apple has an average positivity rate of 5.71 percent and the state 5.26 percent.
Cuomo spoke from a pop-up vaccination site in social housing, urging people to take the COVID-19 vaccine, while criticizing the federal government for not providing enough doses.
He said the failure to deliver a greater number of vaccine doses to New York, as promised, had “caused fear and frustration” in those eager to get an injection.
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Across New York City, nearly a third of the city’s zip codes have a COVID-19 positivity rate of more than 10 percent, as indicated in the color-coded map above
Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged New Yorkers to take a vaccine in Brooklyn on Saturday
The governor had warned Friday morning that the state had reached the end of its five-week supply of the vaccine, but confirmed on Saturday that the week-six allotment was coming to New York and being administered immediately.
“The federal government assigns dosages per week,” Cuomo explains.
Yesterday we exhausted all five weeks of assignment. We are now starting to receive week 6 assignments trickling in during the week… they are being delivered by Washington to individual locations.
“We’re getting 250,000 doses in week 6,” he continued, claiming it could take up to 17 weeks to inoculate the seven million New Yorkers currently eligible for the vaccine unless the federal government starts sending more.
He condemned the Trump administration as “ absurd ” for opening up the possibility of millions of New Yorkers without providing vaccination doses to cover such large numbers.
“ They made this entire population eligible, but you don’t have the stock and you actually created fear and frustration by opening the valve as big as you have a trickle of dosages and that’s why people are frustrated, ” he claimed . “I qualify, but I can’t find a vaccine.”
Still, he urged New Yorkers to “come and get your vaccine,” praising the distribution network that set up pop-ups across the state.
Take the vaccine. It will save lives and it can save your life, ”Cuomo said. Please take the vaccine. We will make it accessible, but we need you to take it.
Cuomo revealed that New York is using up the first five-week vaccine allotment. Pictured above: People enter a COVID-19 vaccine distribution site in New York as they run out of supplies
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo visits a NYCHA Pop Up COVID-19 vaccination site Saturday for criticizing the Trump administration for not sending more vaccine doses
Cuomo revealed that the week six assignment is starting to arrive at vaccine sites
‘This is a fight and if you get tired before the enemy gets tired, you know what happens? The enemy wins. We don’t have the luxury of fatigue, ”he added.
Don’t be cocky with COVID. 144 people died yesterday. Don’t be cocky with COVID. ‘
In addition to 144 more fatalities from COVID-19, Cuomo announced that 8,802 New Yorkers are currently hospitalized with the virus.
While the state’s average positivity rate is 5.26 percent Saturday, six counties report a higher average.
The highest are in Orange and Rockland County, just north of New York City, both of which are above 6.5 percent.
Suffolk, Lewis, Sullivan and the Bronx are all above 5.4 percent as well.
Despite the New York City positivity rate averaging 5.71 percent as of Saturday morning, many zip codes are seeing a much higher rate of tests returning positive.
Orange and Rockland County, just north of New York City, both have a COVID-19 positivity rate of more than 6.5 percent, pictured above. New York City currently averages 5.71 percent
Hospital admissions in New York State have continued to increase in the first weeks of 2021
The average numbers are lowered by large areas of Manhattan and richer parts of Brooklyn, all of which are below five percent.
The own data of the city shows that over the past four weeks, the average positivity rate is 9.12 percent.
Positive cases in south Brooklyn are booming with Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach and Sheepshead Bay reporting the highest positive test rate at 17.6 percent.
Surrounding neighborhoods such as Sunset Park and Borough Park are also more than ten percent.
In Queens, Richmond Hill and South Ozone are slightly below the high levels reported in Brooklyn, but still both at 15.2 percent.
The hardest hit in the Bronx is Hunt’s Point’s with a test rate of 12.2, although more than a dozen other zip codes in the borough cross the 10 percent threshold.
And on Staten Island, New Dorp and Tottenville are both in the double digits.
Manhattan is the only borough with large areas of the area falling under the 10 percent positivity rate.
Still, Inwood, in the north of the island, is the highest at 10.3 percent.
The photo shows a COVID-19 vaccine center that only makes appointments in Brooklyn. The city started to run low on Friday as the state only receives 250,000 doses per week
Everything far exceeds the original parameters Cuomo outlined in October, in which he hoped to close zip codes once their positivity rate was over four percent.
Yet they are still below the spring peak when NYC was the global epicenter of the pandemic.
The state has since adopted a new policy to designate ‘red zones’ based on hospital capacity.
According to city data, an average of 67 New York City residents died from COVID-19 last week.
Deaths averaged just six residents a day in October, when the original shutdown guidelines were in effect.
New York has according to Bloomberg, with 169,000 residents who received their second dose.
NYC has administered 572,910 doses since its launch on Dec. 14.
On Friday, Cuomo announced that the 10,000th vaccine dose had been delivered at the city’s main vaccine site in the Javits center.
Statewide, there have been 33,763 deaths from the coronavirus and more than 1.3 million infections.
New York City has reported 558,028 cases and 26,398 deaths.