By Bob Tannenhauser
The Upper West Side continues to show higher COVID positivity rates than the city as a whole, according to the weekly data reported by the Department of Health.
The average seven-day positivity rates for the period ending May 10th were 11.21% for zip code 10023, up slightly from 11.04% the prior week; 8.74% for zip code 10024, down from 11.91% the prior week; 8.6% for zip code 10025, up from 7.62% the prior week; and 14.36% for zip code 10069, down slightly from 14.61% the prior week.
The number of newly reported people testing positive for this period was 159 out of 1,418 people tested for zip code 10023; 119 out of 1,362 people tested for zip code 10024; 235 out of 2,731 people tested for zip code 10025; and 28 out of 195 people tested for zip code 10069. [This does not take into account unreported self tests.]
For New York City, the daily average positivity rate for the last seven days was 8.04%, compared to the 28-day daily average of 8.51%. Total average daily cases increased to 3,613 for the seven-day period, up from the 28-day daily average of 2,940. Daily average hospitalizations decreased to 54 from 60, and daily average deaths decreased to three from four, for the 28-day daily average.
The current alert level remains medium. “New York City was one of the few places in New York State where transmission rates have not risen high enough to trigger a higher alert level, according to CDC data,” The New York Times reported.