Positive cases of COVID-19 in the Bronx have started to decline, according to data released by the state Department of Health.
The overall Bronx “positivity” rate declined to 6.11% for the week of February 7-13. Hospitalizations, which had risen for the last month, are down to the level of 82 during the same seven-day period – lowest since the first week of January.
The state’s seven-day positivity rate dropped to 3.53% over the same period, while hospitalizations dropped to the lowest number since Christmas Day. The reductions come amid rising concerns about a new UK variant that has been identified in New York State, but also the opening of a new vaccination site at Yankee Stadium exclusively for Bronx residents.
The Bronx still has the highest positivity rate of the five city boroughs and is well above the city positivity rate of 4.47%. Additionally, from data collected from Feb 6 -Feb 12, Mott Haven had a positivity rate of 8.8%, Hunts Point was 10.43%.
Statewide, 8,763 New Yorkers tested positive for COVID-19 for the week of Feb 7 – Feb 13, with 11 of those identified as being the UK variant.
“Hospitalization and infection rates are continuing to fall statewide and New Yorkers should be commended for all their hard work and sacrifice which helped make this a reality,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement lauding the improved numbers.
Concerns still remain about the spread of the new variant, since there are now 70 known cases of it throughout the state. However, there is hope that as the vaccine rollout continues and begins to improve, cases will continue to drop.
The Health Department data showed that during the same seven-day period, 5% of adults in the 10454 zip code had been partially vaccinated and another 2% fully vaccinated. In the 10455 zip code, those numbers were 5% and 2%, respectively.
Cuomo said there was reason for optimism. “Our success will be determined by our willingness to make the right decisions and I have every confidence that New Yorkers will do just that.”
Data found in this report, along with additional findings regarding COVID-19 in the city can be found at https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-data.page