NYC COVID-19: New York City positivity rate nearly doubles in 3 days

NEW YORK – Warned of the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases and the growing prevalence of the omicron variant, New York City officials worked to distribute one million masks and 500,000 testing at home, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

Mass distribution is part of a broader plan to combat the spread of the virus, which also includes making testing easier through more locations and extending time.

The governor also said an online website would be set up so that residents could request that home tests be sent to them, in targeted ways.

Although there have only been a handful of confirmed cases of the omicron variant so far in the city, federal health officials estimate that it has accounted for about 13% of virus cases in the area including New York and New York. New Jersey.

De Blasio said it was clear the omicron was “highly active” and spreading.

“This variant moves fast. We need to move faster,” the mayor said at a news conference in Brooklyn.

Jay Varma, the mayor’s senior health adviser, tweeted on Thursday that test positivity had doubled in the previous three days.

“Um, we’ve never seen this before in #NYC,” he tweeted.

He went on to say that omicrons are evading both vaccines and virus-induced immunity “unlike any previous variant.”

“That’s just the explanation for the spike in positivity,” he wrote. “The current (but subject to change) consensus is that immunity *against severe disease* is much better.”

New York State reported nearly 18,300 new cases of the virus on Wednesday, the third-highest total for any day since COVID-19 testing became widely available to the public in the spring of 2020. 83,000 people have tested positive over a seven-day period. ended on Wednesday, the most of any such period since January last year.

New York City has been largely unaffected by the dramatic spike in COVID-19 cases across the northeastern and midwestern US since Thanksgiving, but the situation is changing rapidly in recently.

One million N95 masks will be distributed free of charge through the city’s Test & Trace, community-based organizations and clinics. The mayor said 500,000 free home tests will also be distributed through community organizations.

The plan also includes enhanced business inspections to check compliance with the city’s vaccine regulations and a media campaign to promote booster shots.

“I expect cases to continue to increase in the coming days and this is based on the trajectory we are following from other countries such as South Africa, the UK and Denmark,” the Health Commissioner said. City, said Dr. Dave Chokshi.

Chokshi issued an updated advice detailing the steps New Yorkers should take to limit the spread of the virus.

De Blasio said there’s a chance they could change their current plans to allow a crowd into Times Square on New Year’s Eve this year.

Many Broadway shows, including “Hamilton,” “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” have had their performances postponed in recent days because of virus infections among the cast and their fully vaccinated crew.

Governor Kathy Hochul said on Thursday an online portal would allow New Yorkers to request testing at home and would target areas with criteria, such as having fewer people tested. vaccination and higher case rates.

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