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Like last fall’s rise before the holidays, COVID-19 cases are starting to rise again across New York City – but the story this time around is very different thanks to vaccination efforts.
The transfer of COVID-19 increases again by 82.81 cases per 100,000 inhabitants throughout the city per. November 14. The 7-day positivity rate, pr. November 12, had also risen to 1.68%, up from the reported 1.46%. on 5 Nov.
However, the number of people admitted with COVID-19 continues to decline. As of November 9, the city reported a 7-day average number of admissions of only 20; a month earlier, on October 9, the 7-day average was 62.
Deaths due to COVID-19 have also fallen from a 7-day average of 12 deaths on 9 October to only 6 deaths on 9 November – a 50% reduction on average in one month.
None of this is random. Nearly three-quarters of all New Yorkers have received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the city’s Department of Health reported Nov. 14.
With more New Yorkers being vaccinated, they are better able to fight the virus or reduce the severity of its symptoms if they become infected. The use of monoclonal antibodies among those infected with COVID-19 and at higher risk for serious illness has also helped treat patients and prevent serious, life-threatening outcomes.
Still, there are plenty of new COVID-19 hotspots across the five boroughs. Seven areas reported a 7-day positivity rate of over 3% between 3.-9. November, including Belle Harbor / Neponsit / Rockaway Park, Queens (zip code 11694), which led the city at a rate of 4.13%. However, only 21 new cases were reported.
Two other areas of Queens also had 7-day positivity rates above 3% during the period: Edgemere / Far Rockaway (11691, 3.67%, 69 new cases) and Bayside (11360, 3.42%, 17 new cases).
Three Staten Island communities also exceeded 3% positivity between 3.-9. November. The city’s health department reported that The Rock continues to have the highest transmission rate of all five neighborhoods with 107.95 cases per year. 100,000 inhabitants.
East Williamsburg / Williamsburg, Brooklyn (11211) had the highest number of new infections reported between 3.-9. November with 129 cases. Five other areas exceeded 70 new cases during the period, three of which are in Brooklyn: Midwood (11230, 81 new cases); Bergen Beach / Flatlands / Marine Park / Mill Basin (11234, 71 new cases); and Gerritsen Beach / Homecrest / Sheepshead Bay (11229, 70 new cases).
The Ridgewood / Glendale area of Queens (11385) had the second most new COVID-19 cases during the week, with 95.
In terms of vaccinations, while almost 75% of all residents have received at least the first dose, vaccine rejection or hesitation remains robust in a number of neighborhoods.
Twelve communities still have less than 60% of the population who have received at least the first dose of COVID-19 shot. Borough Park, Brooklyn is the only community in the city where both the initial dose (49%) and the fully vaccinated rate (45%) remain below 50%.
Edgemere / Far Rockaway, Queens, which had the second highest 7-day positivity rate between 3.-9. November, has the second worst first dose (53%) and fully vaccinated (47%) in the five districts.
Again, it is worth noting that since vaccines became widely available throughout New York City in January 2021, the number of people infected with COVID-19 has been disproportionately higher for unvaccinated New Yorkers.