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Last week, the city reported an increase in COVID-19 cases in two Staten Island zip codes, prompting officials to step up contact tracing efforts and roll out a slew of new testing sites to the city. ‘Isle. But cases are growing across the city and New Yorkers only have one “more chance” to knock the numbers down, de Blasio warned.
“I’ve been telling you for weeks that we had the capacity to stop a second wave,” said de Blasio. “We can stop a second wave of the virus if we act immediately, but we have one last chance… Everyone has to be a part of it, as you fought the coronavirus after March and April.”
The number of COVID has steadily increased, with the number of new cases exceeding the city-designated threshold of 550 since the end of October. On Monday, city hall reported 779 new cases of the virus based on an average of seven days, a daily positivity rate of 2.36% and a weekly positivity rate of 2.21%. Officials also announced that of the 71 New York City residents admitted to a hospital with suspicious symptoms of COVID-19, 21, or 30%, have tested positive for the virus.
De Blasio has warned in the past that exceeding city thresholds will result in new restrictions to stop the spread of the virus. So far, the city has yet to announce any changes to school openings, business operations or social gathering rules due to the growth in numbers, in part for fear of stifling the market again. economy of the city, said Mayor de Blasio. Although the dining room now needs to be reassessed.
City health officials were unable to say the exact source of the city-wide spike in cases. Dr Ted Long, head of the city’s contact tracing effort, admitted that about 10% of all cases in the city are traced to interstate travel and 5-10% of cases are linked at specific gatherings or events. Saturday’s election celebrations raised concerns among health officials, de Blasio said.
“What we’ve seen over the months is sometimes just a family reunion, even, you know, 10 people get together or 15 people get together and that can spread disease among families,” de Blasio. Officials once again urged New Yorkers not to travel or attend large family reunions for the upcoming Thanksgiving and December holidays.
New York City health officials updated the city’s COVID-19 website on Monday to again include positivity rates by zip code based on a seven-day average. The website has also been updated to include more specific data on COVID-19 cases by age and turnaround times at testing sites. The new data available will serve as a warning to New Yorkers of how quickly the virus can start locally but not stay local, Dr Long said. In Staten Island alone, the number of postal codes with a COVID positivity rate greater than 3% has increased from two to eight since last week.