From March 20 – March 26, the Upper West Side led the city in new COVID cases, according to data from NYC.gov. This is the latest week that the city has data for, and in addition to the top spot, UWS zip codes also ranked fourth and fifth for the most new cases, Patch was first to report.
Zip code 10025 had the highest number of new cases in New York City, with 169 people testing positive. Zip code 10023 had 129 new cases and 10024 had 128, putting them in the fourth and fifth spots, respectively. These neighborhoods have also posted high positivity rates, specifically 10024 at 5.64%.
However, it’s important to note that the Upper West Side is also at the top of the list of neighborhoods where people have taken the most tests during this time period.
While the rates statewide are much lower than they were during the Omicron wave in December and January, we are seeing a sharp increase in positivity rates, from 1.6% two weeks ago to 3.2% on Tuesday.
This increase comes as the new subvariant of Omicron, the highly infectious BA.2, begins to spread in New York. According to a March 30 report in The New York Times, BA.2 has “already led to a surge of cases in Europe and is now the dominant version of the coronavirus in the United States and around the world.”
It’s important to keep an eye on the statistics in your area in order to protect yourself and those around you.
Local data can be found on the city’s website here, where you can find stats from your own zip code.