The highly transmissible delta variant continues to burn through New York City, now accounting for 90% of all positive samples, and transmission rates are skyrocketing as all other indicators are also moving in the wrong direction. .
All of New York City is now a “high transmission” area, according to the CDC, and the transmission rate (total new cases per 100,000 people during the previous seven days) has increased almost 16% in the last week alone. according to the latest update from the city’s health department on Friday.
The same “high transmission” designation holds for 10 of New Jersey’s 21 counties and a quarter of Connecticut’s, where a growing number of cities and towns are revamping mask rules.
Delta now also accounts for more than 90% of the COVID-positive samples tested throughout New York State. It is also by far the dominant strain nationally, accounting for more than 80% of all positive samples tested and has been aggressively increasing in prevalence in the United States for months.
The state reported a double-digit death toll for the fifth day in a row Thursday after a long period of low single digits, while the daily case count rose to its highest total (4,701) since late April.
COVID patients in intensive care have also tripled in the last month and now stand at 289, more than 3.5 times more than they were this time in July, figures that reflect a national trend that has officials encouraging the vaccination campaigns with a fervor never seen before.
Most probable new confirmed cases increased 16% in New York City compared to the previous week, and 61% compared to the previous two weeks. The seven-day moving averages for overall positive tests, positive tests as a percentage of all tests, hospitalizations, and deaths are all higher than the 28-day averages, suggesting a steep curve.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday that 50,000 New Yorkers have claimed a $ 100 prize for receiving their first dose of vaccine. Vaccination efforts appear to be working, also thanks to new measures that increasingly shut off daily life to the unvaccinated.
It took just 14 days for the delta to jump from the fourth most common COVID strain in the city to the first, first overtaking the so-called New York City strain that initially emerged in Washington Heights before spreading to other locations as well as to others of fast propagation. variants that first emerged in the UK and Brazil. These last two “variants of concern” now account for less than 5% of new city cases.
As the delta expands, worsening what the CDC has called an “unvaccinated pandemic,” nearly all of the key metrics are getting worse in New York City; It is not yet approaching the darkest days of the city, but it continues to increase.
Over the past two weeks, the percentage of people testing positive has continued to rise and now stands at 3.76%. It was below 3% at the end of July.
“More and more companies have already embraced our Key to NYC requirements and are becoming public health heroes in the process,” de Blasio said recently. “I thank each and every one of them for doing their part to keep New York City safe. My message to New Yorkers is clear: If you want to enjoy all that New York City has to offer, get vaccinated today. “
The number of doses given daily in New York doubled this month compared to July, but doctors say it will take several weeks for the latest spike in cases and hospitalizations to stabilize as immunity kicks in.