NY sees signs of increase in COVID-19 after weeks of decline – .

NY sees signs of increase in COVID-19 after weeks of decline – .

ALBANY, NY (AP) – New York is seeing signs more people are testing positive for the coronavirus, unlike weeks of declining rates of new positive tests.

According to state data, an average of 365 people tested positive each day during the seven-day period ending Thursday. This is 17% more than 312 a week ago.

The exact reason is unclear, but the data shows the numbers are increasing even as testing is reduced. The state performed an average of 75,500 COVID-19 tests in the seven days to Thursday, up from nearly 87,000 the week before.
Parts of New York City and its suburbs are responsible for much of the increase in positive tests: Staten Island averaged 33 new positives each day, up 45% from the previous week. Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx also saw increases with an average of 39, 58 and 29 people testing positive each day, while the rate was stable in Queens at 50.

Yet far fewer people are testing positive in New York City now than during this spring: 781 people tested positive every day during the last week of May.

Meanwhile, hospitals statewide reported a record 330 COVID-19 patients last Saturday. This figure has fluctuated in recent days to reach 349 patients on Thursday. Hospitals in Manhattan, Staten Island and Suffolk counties report the highest number of patients per capita in the state.

The Health Department did not say Friday what could be fueling the rise, which precedes the July 4 weekend and a busy travel season.

Governor Andrew Cuomo urged residents to get vaccinated.

About 54.2% of New York’s 20 million people are fully immunized, according to federal data.

Rates are lowest in parts of western New York and New York City: from one-third of Allegany County residents to 42% in the Bronx and 44% in Brooklyn.


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