If you happen to plan — or assume you would possibly must — get examined for COVID in New York Metropolis over the Fourth of July vacation weekend, you higher do it earlier than Monday.
NYC Well being + Hospitals reminded New Yorkers on Friday that each one of its COVID-19 testing and vaccination in addition to its main care websites might be closed in observance of the Independence Day vacation. And the timing is not precisely best.
The 5 boroughs’ positivity price ratcheted as much as late-January highs this week as high medical doctors warned a sixth COVID wave fueled by the BA.5 omicron subvariant, described by some to be the “worst version” of the pressure but, could also be upon us.
The reminder comes as New York Metropolis works to reevaluate its COVID alert system amid one other pandemic wave that, in contrast to the others, has not seen hovering positivity charges coupled with vital will increase in hospitalizations, in keeping with officers.
To make certain, the variety of folks truly getting examined is at multi-month lows, skewing the positivity price. However citywide transmission ranges had been up about 19% between June 20 and June 27. That proportion change is considerably up from earlier this week and signifies a professional improve in viral unfold.
In some elements of Manhattan, positivity charges are almost 17% now, whereas they high 20% in jap elements of Queens. And New York Metropolis has the best rolling new case price (37.0 per 100,000) of all 10 areas within the state, with solely Lengthy Island coming in as an in depth second at a price of 34.0 new circumstances per 100,000 residents on a rolling foundation.
The most recent will increase are hardly relegated to simply New York Metropolis. The variety of U.S. counties at excessive danger for neighborhood COVID unfold soared within the CDC’s weekly replace, with Friday’s map displaying 60% extra counties at excessive danger in only a week.
Virtually 20% of U.S. counties — 627, complete — at the moment are within the CDC’s high-risk space. Final week, about 12% — 392, complete — had been thought of to be excessive danger for COVID unfold. New York state added Suffolk County to the high-risk pool in Friday’s CDC replace.
Suffolk and Nassau counties on Lengthy Island are the one high-risk counties in New York state, in keeping with the CDC, presently. 4 of New Jersey’s 21 counties are at excessive danger, reflecting no change from final week. All however three of Connecticut’s eight counties are low danger, whereas the remainder are medium.