Despite an overall city Covid-19 positivity rate of approximately 1%, New York City officials on Sunday said Covid-19 cases “continue to grow at an alarming rate” in certain neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Queens, according to a press release from the city’s Department of Health.
The neighborhoods account for over 23% of the new cases citywide over the past two weeks, but only comprise just under 7% of the city’s overall population, outpacing the citywide average by 3.3 times over the past 14 days, the release states.
Here are the affected neighborhoods, with their respective test positivity rate:
- Gravesend/Homecrest (6.75%)
- Midwood (5.34%)
- Kew Gardens (3.82%)
- Edgemere/Far Rockaway (3.9%)
- Borough Park (4.63%)
- Bensonhurst/Mapleton (4.41%)
- Gerritsen Beach/Homecrest/Sheepshead Bay (3.91%)
- Flatlands/Midwood (3.85%)
Additionally, the neighborhoods of Rego Park, Kew Gardens Hills/Pomonok, Kensington/Windsor Terrace and Brighton Beach/Manhattan Beach/Sheepshead Bay have all been identified as showing increased case counts and test positivity rates between 2% and 3%.
The Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg is also experiencing a comparatively faster increase in cases, the Department of Health said.
“We continue to monitor emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and intensive care unit admissions. With COVID-19, increases in hospital visits generally follow an increase in cases. Data show we are starting to see an uptick in the number of hospitalized patients in two hospitals in Brooklyn and at least one in Queens,” the Department of Health said.
Source : CNN