“It’s really something to celebrate,” de Blasio said during his weekly radio interview with Brian Lehrer on WNYC Friday.
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- New York’s COVID-19 positivity rate, New York Department of Health says, fell to 2.41% on Friday
- A seven-day average positivity rate of 2.41% in New York City is the lowest percentage recorded in the past six months.
- Looking at the data by neighborhood, the Upper West Side had the city’s lowest COVID-19 positivity rate at 0.35%.
The seven-day average COVID-19 positivity rate, according to the city’s health department, fell to 2.41%, the lowest positivity rate recorded in the city in the past six months.
This is encouraging news that epidemiologist Dr. Denis Nash says should be taken with a grain of salt.
“It’s entirely possible that the testing rates and the number of cases we’re seeing right now don’t really reflect what’s going on across the city,” said Nash, professor of epidemiology at the City University of New York. (CUNY). “It really reflects what is going on in the testing group.”
State data indicates that the number of tests in New York has remained constant, even though it has deployed its vaccination effort.
On the Upper West Side, the data seems reliable as tests remain high and the neighborhood still has one of the lowest positivity rates of the five boroughs at just 0.35%:
“I think we all can’t wait to go out and see each other again and start doing the things we love again,” said Michelle Duda, an Upper West Side resident.
Data from the city also shows that a significant portion of the Upper West Side’s population has been vaccinated. 76% have received at least one dose and 64% are fully immunized.
“All of my employees have been encouraged and they are all vaccinated,” said Adam Geisler, Upper West Side business owner. “All of my friends, family and we celebrate it.”
For the record, while NY1 was in the neighborhood on Friday night, we noticed that most of the people walking around were still wearing masks outside.
“It’s a really great community here,” said Albert Imperato, a resident of the Upper West Side. “So that sense of community means that everyone participates, everyone does whatever it takes to make it work. “
Even the youngest residents in the neighborhood seem to know the facts about COVID-19.
“I think people wear masks, but they have to remember that even if you have the vaccine you have to wear a mask,” said Sloane Lytle, 10.
Nash said another reason the neighborhood had such a low rate was likely related to the socio-economic makeup of the people who live in the area.
“There are probably fewer people who have to go to work on the subway on public transport every day, workplaces that may not be as safe and more people who can work from home,” Nash said. .
The residents themselves agreed with his assessment.
“I think it’s an older neighborhood, a lot of professional and pretty conscientious too,” Mark Pollard said of his Upper West Side neighbors.
There are other positive signs: City data released on Friday shows all COVID-19 indicators the health department is tracking are declining. So, in addition to a drop in the city’s positivity rate, hospitalizations and confirmed deaths are also decreasing.
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