COVID rates are rising in several parts of Manhattan, with Lincoln Square recently showing the highest percent positive rate.
The 10069 zip code was 3.15% positive between October 31 and November 6, according to the NYC Health Department; this percentage is based on 9 positive cases out of 286 people tested within this time period. The boundaries of 10069 are from 59th to 72nd Streets along Freedom Place and Riverside Boulevard.
At last count, the population of 10069 was 5,199, according to both city-data.com and unitedstateszipcodes.org.
Between 10/31 and 11/6, NYC as a whole saw a 2.26% positive rate with 4,778 cases, up from 1.87% positive and 4,041 cases in the previous 4 weeks.
The other two zip codes with the highest percent positive rates were 10040 (Washington Heights) and 10039 (Central Harlem), with respective rates of 2.83% and 2.63%.
Other UWS zip codes, in terms of percentages, have faired better between these dates:
- 10023: .96% positive, based on 21 positive cases out of 2,179 tests.
- 10024: 1.35% positive, based on 29 positive cases out of 2,148 tests.
- 10025: .83% positive, based on 35 positive cases out of 4,238 tests.
With rates rising, Mayor de Blasio announced on Monday, November 9 that additional restrictions may be in the nearby future for NYC. In a press conference, the mayor said “we’re seeing a real growth in the positivity rate in the city, and that is dangerous. So we have one last chance to stop a second wave, it’s as simple as this. This is my message to all New Yorkers: we can stop a second wave if we act immediately, but we have one last chance, and everyone has to be a part of it.” He continued to state that “we’re seeing this we haven’t seen in a long time, and we have to stop them.”
Mayor de Blasio hinted that new restrictions and lockdowns could be possible if these patters continue.
Happily, our local representatives are safely ensconced in the Hamptons. But unfortunately, for those of us still on the Upper West Side, there is no leadership who could ask the NYPD to please get out of their patrol cars and kindly ask those with chin straps to pull their masks up as they are supposed to be used. Infection rates are climbing and no one is doing anything (deBlasio is yakking to the press but no one cares what he says.)