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The strain accounted for 69% of all new COVID-19 infections reported on July 3, according to the latest data from the city’s health department. It has become the dominant form of the virus in recent weeks, and data shows it is steadily increasing the number of cases across the city.
Between July 9 and July 15, according to the city’s health department, 46 neighborhoods in the city had 7-day positivity rates of 2% or more. Five of the 10 areas with the highest positivity rates were in Staten Island, with Charleston / Prince’s Bay / Woodrow (10309) leading with 5.06%, with 34 new positive cases reported during the period.
Tottenville (10,307, 4.59%, 10 new cases) was also on the Staten Island list; Great Kills (10,308, 4.02%, 21 new cases); Annadale / Rossville (10,312, 2.85%, 34 new cases); and Bloomfield / Fresh Kills Park (10,314, 2.81%, 45 new cases).
Not surprisingly, eight of New York’s 10 regions with the highest 7-day positivity rates between July 9 and July 15 also have full vaccination rates below 50%. The two outliers are the Financial District of Manhattan (10005, 79% fully vaccinated, 2.81% 7 days positivity) and Bellerose, Queens (11,426, 58% fully vaccinated, 2.97% 7 days positivity).
It should be noted that although COVID-19 vaccines have a high rate of effectiveness in preventing infections, serious illness and death, a vaccinated person can still contract COVID-19. In all likelihood, however, their case will be asymptomatic or have minor symptoms.
The effectiveness of vaccines is demonstrated in hospitalization and death rates, which remain very low in New York City. The city’s health department reported that as of July 15, the city-wide 7-day hospitalization rate had fallen to just 18 patients, with a 7-day average of 3 reported COVID-19 deaths.
As health officials have said before, almost all of the recent COVID-19 patients requiring hospitalization or dying from the disease have not been vaccinated. As the Delta variant continues to spread, Mayor Bill de Blasio last week announced an increased effort to get the vaccine to areas with higher numbers of unvaccinated New Yorkers.
According to the latest data from the city’s health department, nineteen New York City neighborhoods have full vaccination rates below 40%. Edgemere / Far Rockaway, Queens (11691) continues to have the lowest vaccination rates in the city at 37% with at least one dose and 33% fully vaccinated.
Other communities with low rates of full vaccination are:
- Bronx: Edenwald/Wakefield (10466, 37%) ; Pointe Hunts (10474, 37 %) ; Claremont/Morrisania (10456, 38 %) ; Charlotte Gardens/Tremont (10460, 39%).
- Brooklyn: Bedford-Stuyvesant / Ocean Hill (11233, 35%); Plains / Midwood (11,210, 35%); Canarsie (11,236, 35%); Borough park (11,219, 35%); Crown Heights (11,213, 36%); Ocean Hill / Brownsville (11,212, 36%); Midwood (11230, 37%); Cypress Hills / East New York (11,207, 38%); Brighton Beach / Coney Island / Seagate (11,224, 38%).
- Pure: Arverne / Edgemère (11692, 36%); Laurelton / Rosedale (11413, 37%); Rosedale (11422, 39%); South Jamaica / Springfield Gardens (11,434, 39%); Saint-Albans (11,412, 39%).
Across the city, the health ministry reported on Sunday that 58% of residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 53% are now fully immunized. Manhattan and Queens continue to dominate the city in people fully immunized with 65% and 59% of residents, respectively, and Staten Island is now halfway down to 50%.