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Not a single community in the five boroughs had a 7-day positivity rate exceeding 3.5% – or had more than 65 new cases of COVID-19 – between May 6 and May 12, according to data from the Department of the health of the city.
The infection rate continues to drop even as New York City comes to life, with its full reopening scheduled for Wednesday, May 19. Almost half of all New Yorkers have also received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and while progress is made on the vaccination front, the city still has a long way to go before it achieves any something close to herd immunity.
The city’s highest rate for the period was found in Richmond Hill / South Ozone Park, Queens zip code 11419 at 3.34% – but that was down from the rate of 3.79% recorded between April 29 and May 5.
Only two other areas of the city had a 7-day positivity rate greater than 3% between May 6 and 12: Tottenville, Staten Island (ZIP 10307, 3.05%) and Queens Village (11429, 3, 03%).
Richmond Hill, Queens (11418) – which had the city’s highest 7-day positivity rate between April 29 and May 5 at 4.65% – fell 47 places in the rankings, with a rate of 1 , 93% between May 6 and 12. Only 18 cases of COVID-19 were reported there in the most recent period, up from 47 cases recorded a week earlier.
Only two New York zip code areas recorded 60 or more new COVID-19 infections between May 6 and May 12; a week earlier, three communities had at least 100 new cases.
The newest cases of the virus between May 6 and May 12 were detected in Corona / North Corona, Queens (11,368, 61 cases) and Bedford-Stuyvesant / Ocean Hill / Brownsville, Brooklyn (11,223, 60 cases). Two areas of Cypress Hills and East New York (11,207 and 11,208), which led the city with 209 combined cases between April 29 and May 5, had just 113 new cases in the most recent period, that is a drop of 45.9%.
Meanwhile, seven areas of New York City had no new infections and a 0% 7-day positivity rate between May 6 and May 12. Five of them are in Manhattan: the Financial District (zip codes 10004 and 10006), Tribeca (10007), Lenox Hill / Upper East Side (10075 and 10162), and Battery Park City (10280).
Two neighborhoods in Queens also had zero positivity: Breezy Point (11697) and Douglaston / Little Neck (11363). Breezy Point has made a good U-turn since early spring; the small seaside community at the western end of the Rockaway Peninsula had the highest positivity rate in town between March 23 and 29, at 12.42%.
Between May 6 and May 12, 45 other areas of New York City had 7-day positivity rates below 1%. Twenty-seven of them were in Manhattan, followed by 16 in Queens and Brooklyn (8 per borough) and two in the Bronx.
A total of 59 postal codes in the five boroughs recorded 10 new or fewer COVID-19 infections during the same period.
It’s no surprise that Manhattan has so many neighborhoods with low rates of COVID-19 infection; the borough also has the most vaccinated New Yorkers, according to data from the city’s health department.
About 59% of all Manhattan residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 50% of the island’s entire population are now fully immunized. It’s the best total in town.
Queens is second in the vaccination derby with 51% of residents having had at least one dose and 41% fully vaccinated; followed by Staten Island at 44% with at least one dose and 37% fully vaccinated; Brooklyn at 41% with one dose and 33% fully vaccinated; and the Bronx at 38% with one dose and 30% fully vaccinated.
Overall, 47% of New Yorkers have had at least one vaccine and 38% were fully vaccinated as of May 12.
State health department data released on Sunday continues to support the slowing rate of infection across the city. New York City’s positivity rate had fallen to 0.95% as of May 15, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, although the city recorded 628 of the state’s 1,561 (40.2%) of new positive cases. reported that day.
Statewide, hospitalization, intensive care and intubation rates have dropped to levels not seen since early November 2020, Cuomo said. New York state’s positivity rate has also declined each of the past 41 days.
Even so, the virus remains a killer for too many of its hosts. Thirty-three New Yorkers died from COVID-19 on May 15, including three in the Bronx, seven in Brooklyn, two in Manhattan, five in Queens and one in Staten Island.