The BA.2 sub-variant of Omicron drives around New York City and drives the infection rate especially higher in Manhattan – where most residents are vaccinated against COVID-19.
Ten of the 15 areas in New York City with the highest 7-day positivity rates between March 18 and 24 are in Manhattan, which has constantly led the city in vaccinations, according to the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. More than 95% of all Manhattan residents received at least the first dose, while 82% are fully vaccinated. Nearly half of all residents (46%) also received a booster shot, the highest rate in the city.
Of course, being vaccinated against COVID-19 does not guarantee that you will avoid infection. However, it increases the chances that an infected person will only experience mild symptoms rather than a more severe case that requires hospitalization.
In recent weeks, city health officials have expressed concern over yet another COVID-19 outbreak following the spread of the BA.2 sub-variant of the highly contagious Omicron version that hit through the five boroughs around the holiday season. The subvariant is highly contagious in itself, but does not appear to cause more serious diseases, nor is it vaccine-resistant.
Nevertheless, infection rates are rising across the city thanks to the new subvariant. The city’s 7-day positivity rate per. March 27 is at 2.26% with a weekly average of 906 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Yet the number of hospitalizations and deaths continues to decline.
The transfer rate for the whole city is also on the rise again, and it is at 90.33 cases per. 100,000 inhabitants on March 27th. But the higher number is driven by a very high transmission rate in Manhattan, at 179.16 cases per second. 100,000; no other district exceeded the city average.
Tribeca (zip code 10007) had the highest 7-day positivity rate between 18-24. March, at 9.49%, with 28 new cases detected during the period. Three other Manhattan areas exceeded 6% positivity during the period, including two areas in the Financial District (10006, 7.03%, 13 new cases / 10005, 6.04%, 23 new cases) and Battery Park City (10280, 6, 62%, 19 new) cases).
Only one block outside of Manhattan experienced 7-day positivity above 6% during the period: Carroll Gardens / Cobble Hill / Red Hook, Brooklyn (11231, 6.25%, 86 new cases).
Five Manhattan communities were among the eight neighborhoods in New York City with 100 or more new COVID-19 infections between 18-24. March. At the top of the list was the Manhattan Valley / Morningside Heights / Upper West Side (10025), which saw 177 new cases and a 4.4% 7-day positivity.
The other Manhattan areas with 100 or more new cases were Lincoln Square (10023, 123 new cases, 4.42% 7-day positivity); Upper West Side (10024, 123 new cases, 5.38% positivity); Kips Bay / Murray Hill / NoMad (10016, 107 new cases, 5.67%); and East Village / Gramercy / Greenwich Village (10003, 106 new cases 5.14%).
The other three areas with more than 100 new cases are in Brooklyn: Brooklyn Heights / DUMBO / Downtown Brooklyn (11201, 132 new cases, 5.68%); East Williamsburg / Williamsburg (11211, 132 new cases, 3.19%); and Gowanus / Park Slope / Windsor Terrace (11215, 106 new cases, 4.26%).
At the opposite end of the spectrum, a neighborhood in New York City recorded no new COVID-19 cases during the week: Breezy Point, Queens (11697). Five other areas had fewer than five, and a quarter was in Manhattan, where part of the Financial District (10004) only counted up to three cases and a positivity of 1.86%.
The other areas with less than five cases were City Island and Hunts Point, Bronx (two cases each) and East New York, Brooklyn and Hollis, Queens (four cases each).
With less than 40% of all New Yorkers receiving the COVID-19 booster, health authorities continue to urge residents to get the extra shot and increase their protection against the virus and its new sub-variant. Find where you can get your booster vaccinefinder.nyc.gov.