Sumary of Covid US: Cases in NYC have doubled in the past two weeks as Indian ‘Delta’ variant takes over:
- Daily COVID-19 infections have doubled in the past two weeks in New York City, with the test positivity now at 1.72 percent, Mayor Bill de Blasio revealed at a press conference on Tuesday.
- Still, other health officials including former Surgeon General Jerome Adams have suggested mask mandates are necessary to beat the super-contagious Delta variant.
- ‘ Despite de Blasio’s focus on vaccination, Governor Andrew Cuomo may ultimately have the power to override the mayor – and implement stricter Covid guidance to protect the state from Delta.
- The seven-day average of new cases has more than doubled in the past two weeks, from 268 on July 6 to 576 on July 20.The test positivity rate is also rising, now at 1.72 percent.
- The super-contagious Delta variant now makes up at least 69 percent of NYC casesDespite this danger, NYC is unlikely to see another mask mandate, de Blasio said at the press conference.
- ‘We have to be laser-focused on the benefits of the vaccines,’ said NYC Health Commissioner Dr Dave Chokshi at the press conferenceRight now, about 4.5 million New Yorkers (54 percent of city residents) are fully vaccinated while 4.9 million (58 percent) have received at least one dose.
- For example, two Staten Island ZIP codes have vaccination under 50 percent – and test positivity rates over 5 percent.
- The same neighborhoods with lower vaccination rates also tend to be those with quickly-rising cases and high test positivity ratesDe Blasio pointed to low hospitalization numbers as a sign that the vaccines are protecting against severe disease and death for the majority of New Yorkers.