New York City continues to identify COVID ‘areas of concern’


NEW YORK – The city continues to identify what it calls “areas of concern” where peaks in coronavirus numbers are occurring.Many of the areas of concern identified on Saturday have seen a slight uptick in positivity rates since then. For example, the positivity rate in Gravesend / Homequest, the highest in town, fell from 6.73% on Saturday to 6.75% on Sunday. Midwood, 2nd highest, fell from 5.22% on Saturday to 5.34% on Sunday.

Here are the areas of concern in the city, the positivity rate for that area, followed by the positivity rate for that area on Saturday in parentheses:

  • Gravesend / Homecrest, 6,75% (6,73%)
  • Intermediate wood, 5.34% (5.22%)
  • Kew Gardens, 3,82% (3,53%)
  • Edgemere / Far Rockaway, 3,9% (4,03%)
  • Borough Park, 4,63% (4,20%)
  • Bensonhurst / Mapleton, 4,41% (3,81%)
  • Plage de Gerritsen / Homecrest / Sheepshead Bay, 3.91% (3.57%)
  • Flatlands / median timber, 3.85% (3.40%)

While they make up just 7% of New York’s population, that’s 23% of the city’s positive tests.

In addition to those eight areas, the city has identified four more that show lower but increased positivity rates. Again, the following is the positivity rate for this area, followed by the positivity rate for that area on Saturday in parentheses.

  • Rego Park, 2,34% (2,46%)
  • Kew Gardens Hills / Pomonok, 2,71% (2,36%)
  • Terrasse Kensington / Windsor, 2,45% (2,31%)
  • Brighton Beach / Manhattan Beach / Sheepshead Bay, 2,74% (2,21%)

Additionally, the city says Williamsburg remains an area with a faster increase in cases compared to other parts of the city, even though the test’s positivity rate is less than 3% (1.78 %).

New York State’s positivity rate on Sunday was 1.02% with 866 new positive tests, up from 1,005 on Saturday, but with the positivity rate up slightly from 1% on Saturday.


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