Although the rate of infection and cases continue to rise across New York City thanks to the BA.2 sub-variant of COVID-19, Manhattan continues to carry the greatest burden in the recent wave of viruses.
The latest statistics from the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene indicate that the district remains the hottest zone in the recent cycle of COVID-19 infections.
Manhattan’s transmission rate of 329.46 cases per 100,000 inhabitants is almost double the transmission rate in the city of 178.21 cases per. 100,000. Only one other district, Staten Island, has a rate (182.51 per 100,000) higher than the figure for the entire city.
The increasing number of cases related to the BA.2 subvariant of COVID-19 – which accounts for about 85% of all new infections in the city – has caused a slow but steady increase in the city’s 7-day positivity rate, which April 15 was at 4.46%. The daily average of new total cases over a weekly period was up to 2,122 – but hospitalizations remain “stable” at 28, and deaths continue to fall; only two daily COVID-19 deaths were reported on average during the week.
Still, COVID-19 is hitting Manhattan hard this month. Two West Side areas had more than 500 new COVID-19 cases diagnosed between 6-12. April: Manhattan Valley / Morningside Heights / Upper West Side (ZIP 10025, 302 new cases, 7.92% 7-day positivity) and Lincoln Square (10023), 207 new cases, 10.6% 7-day positivity).
Eight other Manhattan neighborhoods each had 150 or more new cases during the period: Upper West Side (10024, 189 new cases, 9.39% positivity); East Village / Gramercy / Greenwich Village (10003, 185 cases, 9.36% positivity); Central Harlem / Morningside Heights / West Harlem (10027, 184 cases, 7.05% positivity); Upper East Side / Yorkville (10128, 163 cases, 8.29% positivity); Chelsea (10011, 160 cases, 10.25% positivity); Hell’s Kitchen / Midtown Manhattan (10019, 160 cases, 10.04% positivity); Kips Bay / Murray Hill / NoMad (10016, 159 cases, 10.56% positivity); and Upper East Side / Yorkville (10028, 151 cases, 9.82% positivity).
The 7-day positivity rates across Manhattan have also skyrocketed; 10 communities logged rates of 10% or higher. One area of the financial district (10006) led the entire city with a 16.38% 7-day positivity, even though it only had 19 new COVID-19 infections during the period.
Only one community outside of Manhattan – Greenpoint, Brooklyn (10.87%) – had a 7-day positivity rate of over 10% between 6-12. April.
Only five communities in New York experienced less than 10 new COVID-19 infections between April 6 and 12. Three of them were in Queens: Breezy Point (11697, 3 cases, 4.56% positivity); Ozon Park (11416, 9 cases, 1.54% positivity) and Arverne / Broad Channel (11693, 9 cases, 4.29% positivity). The other two areas were in the Bronx: City Island (10464, 2 cases, 1.79% positivity) and Hunts Point (10474, 2 cases, 0.77% positivity).
As mentioned, while COVID-19 cases are on the rise throughout the city, the number of patients being admitted or dying from the disease remains low. This is largely due to the high number of New Yorkers who have received COVID-19 vaccines, which have been shown to significantly reduce the chances of serious infection, and the availability of antibodies and new antiviral treatments that have been shown to be effective. to reduce symptoms.
Health authorities continue to advise fully vaccinated New Yorkers to get a booster shot if they have not already done so. The city’s health department continues to report a stagnant booster firing rate of around 37.2%. Getting the booster increases your chances of averting a COVID infection or can alleviate your symptoms if you become infected.
To find a place to get a booster shot, visit vaccinefinder.nyc.gov.