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covid 19 positivity rate tops 10 percent in nearly a third of all nyc zip codes

Nearly a third of all New York City zip codes are currently reporting a COVID-19 positivity rate that exceeds 10 percent, in a dramatic increase in new cases since the holiday period.

As of Saturday, there are 54 out of 177 city zip codes with a rate over 10 percent.

In comparison, in the week before Thanksgiving, only 40 zip codes had a positivity rate that was over only four percent.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo previously held a four percent positivity rate as the measure by which he would begin to shutdown neighborhoods before the metrics changed to focus on hospitalizations.

In a press briefing in Brooklyn on Saturday morning, Cuomo revealed that, according to states figures – which differ slightly from those issued by the city – the Big Apple has an average positivity rate of 5.71 percent and the state 5.26 percent.

Cuomo was speaking from a pop-up vaccination site in public housing apartments as he urged those eligible to take the COVID-19 vaccine, at the same time criticizing the federal government for not providing enough doses. 

He said that the failure to supply New York with a larger number of vaccine doses as promised had ‘created anxiety and frustration’ for those eager to receive a shot.

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Throughout New York City, almost a third of the city's zip codes have a COVID-19 positivity rate over ten percent, as highlighted in the color-coded map above

Throughout New York City, almost a third of the city's zip codes have a COVID-19 positivity rate over ten percent, as highlighted in the color-coded map above

Throughout New York City, almost a third of the city’s zip codes have a COVID-19 positivity rate over ten percent, as highlighted in the color-coded map above

Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged New Yorkers to take a vaccine in Brooklyn on Saturday

Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged New Yorkers to take a vaccine in Brooklyn on Saturday

Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged New Yorkers to take a vaccine in Brooklyn on Saturday

The governor had warned Friday morning that the state had come to the end of its five-week supply of the vaccine but confirmed Saturday that New York’s week-six allocation was beginning to arrive and is being administered immediately.

‘The federal government allocates dosages by week,’ Cuomo explained.

‘Yesterday, we exhausted all five weeks allocation. We are now starting to receive week 6 allocations which trickle in during the week … they’re delivered by Washington to individual locations.

‘We’ll be getting 250,000 dosages in week 6,’ he continued, as he claimed that it could take up to 17 weeks to inoculate the seven million New Yorkers currently eligible for the vaccine unless the federal government began to send more.

He blasted the Trump administration as ‘absurd’ for opening up the eligibility to millions of New Yorkers without supplying vaccine doses to cover such large numbers.

‘They’ve made this whole population eligible but you don’t have the supply and you’ve actually created anxiety and frustration by opening the valve that large when you only have a trickle of dosages and that’s why people are frustrated,’ he claimed. ‘I’m eligible but I can’t find a vaccine.’

Yet he still urged New Yorkers to ‘come and get your vaccine’ as he praised the distribution network establishing pop-ups throughout the state.

‘Take the vaccine. It will save lives and it can save your life,’ Cuomo said. ‘Please take the vaccine. We’ll make it accessible, but we need you to take it.

Cuomo revealed New York used up its first five-week allocation of vaccines. Pictured above, People enter a COVID-19 vaccine distribution site in New York as its supply ran low

Cuomo revealed New York used up its first five-week allocation of vaccines. Pictured above, People enter a COVID-19 vaccine distribution site in New York as its supply ran low

Cuomo revealed New York used up its first five-week allocation of vaccines. Pictured above, People enter a COVID-19 vaccine distribution site in New York as its supply ran low

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo visits a NYCHA Pop Up COVID-19 Vaccination Site on Saturday as he criticizes Trump's administration for not sending more vaccine doses

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo visits a NYCHA Pop Up COVID-19 Vaccination Site on Saturday as he criticizes Trump's administration for not sending more vaccine doses

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo visits a NYCHA Pop Up COVID-19 Vaccination Site on Saturday as he criticizes Trump’s administration for not sending more vaccine doses

Cuomo revealed that the week six allocation is beginning to arrive to vaccine sites

Cuomo revealed that the week six allocation is beginning to arrive to vaccine sites

Cuomo revealed that the week six allocation is beginning to arrive to vaccine sites

‘This is a fight and when you tire before the enemy tires, you know what happens? The enemy wins. We don’t have the luxury of fatigue,’ he added.

‘Don’t get cocky with COVID. 144 people died yesterday. Don’t get cocky with COVID.’

As well as 144 further fatalities from COVID-19, Cuomo announced that there are currently 8,802 New Yorkers hospitalized with the virus.

While the state’s average positivity rate is at 5.26 percent as of Saturday, six counties are reporting a higher average.

The highest are in Orange and Rockland County, just north of New York City, which are both above 6.5 percent.

Suffolk, Lewis, Sullivan, and the Bronx are all also over 5.4 percent. 

Despite the positivity rate in New York City averaging at 5.71 percent as of Saturday morning, many zip codes are seeing a far higher percentage of tests return positive.

Orange and Rockland County, just north of New York City, both have a COVID-19 positivity rate above 6.5 percent, pictured above. New York City's is currently averaging at 5.71 percent

Orange and Rockland County, just north of New York City, both have a COVID-19 positivity rate above 6.5 percent, pictured above. New York City's is currently averaging at 5.71 percent

Orange and Rockland County, just north of New York City, both have a COVID-19 positivity rate above 6.5 percent, pictured above. New York City’s is currently averaging at 5.71 percent

Hospitalizations in New York State have continued to climb in the first weeks of 2021

Hospitalizations in New York State have continued to climb in the first weeks of 2021

Hospitalizations in New York State have continued to climb in the first weeks of 2021

The average figures are being brought down by large sections of Manhattan, and wealthier sections of Brooklyn, which are all under five percent.

The city’s own data shows that over the past four weeks, the average positivity rate is 9.12 percent.

The positive cases in south Brooklyn are soaring with Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach and Sheepshead Bay reporting the highest positive test rate at 17.6 percent.

Surrounding neighborhoods such as Sunset Park and Borough Park are also over ten percent.

In Queens, Richmond Hill and South Ozone are slightly below the high levels reported in Brooklyn, yet are still both at 15.2 percent.

The worst hit in the Bronx is Hunt’s Point’s with a testing percentage at 12.2, although more than a dozen other zip codes in the borough reach over the 10 percent threshold.

And in Staten Island New Dorp and Tottenville are both in the double digits.

Manhattan is the only borough with large segments of the area falling below the 10 percent positivity rate.

Yet Inwood, to the north of the island, is the highest at 10.3 percent. 

Pictured, a COVID-19 vaccine hub taking appointments only stands in Brooklyn. The city began to run low on doses on Friday as the state receives only 250k doses a week

Pictured, a COVID-19 vaccine hub taking appointments only stands in Brooklyn. The city began to run low on doses on Friday as the state receives only 250k doses a week

Pictured, a COVID-19 vaccine hub taking appointments only stands in Brooklyn. The city began to run low on doses on Friday as the state receives only 250k doses a week

All far exceed the original parameters Cuomo set out in October in which he hoped to shutdown zip codes once their positivity rate reached over four percent.

Yet they are still below the spring high was when NYC was the global epicenter of the pandemic.

The state has since adopted a new policy to designate ‘red zones’ based on hospital capacity.

According to city data, an average of 67 New York City residents died each day of last week from COVID-19.

Fatalities were only at six residents on average per day in October when the original shutdown guidelines had been in place.

New York has administered 1.3million doses, according to Bloomberg, with 169,000 residents having received their second dose.

NYC has administered 572,910 doses since rollout began on December 14.

On Friday, Cuomo announced that the 10,000th vaccine dose had been administered at the city’s main vaccine site at the Javits center.

Statewide, there have been 33,763 fatalities from the coronavirus more than 1.3million infections.

New York City has reported 558,028 cases and 26,398 deaths.

This post first appeared on dailymail.co.uk

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