The rapid spread of coronavirus delta variants in New York City this summer has slowed in recent weeks, and some epidemiologists have convinced New York City’s third virus wave to begin to decline. .. But others are preparing for the rise in some cases.
Old weekday rhythms of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, despite the relatively high levels of the virus, as the school year begins and local governments and some large corporations require them to return to their offices. I’m back at.
So far, the rate of new cases and hospitalizations has fallen from the peak of summer.
In mid-August, an average of nearly 2,000 people were positive each day in New York City, up tenfold from the beginning of summer. The incidence of new cases was highest in young adults aged 18 to 34 years. More than 100 people were hospitalized every day.
However, in the last three weeks, new cases and other indicators have begun to decline. Staten Island infection levels are by far the highest, with 1 in 417 positive in the last 7 days. This was more than twice as high as Queens, who had the lowest virus levels.
According to epidemiologists, the surge in New York City and most of the northeast was milder than in the south, mainly due to differences in vaccination rates. On Thursday, the city reached a new milestone: about 60 percent of the population, 5 million New York City residents, are now fully vaccinated.
However, there are still large pockets in New York City that remain unvaccinated. In particular, the Black New Yorkers, whose vaccination rates are much lower than the other groups, were hit hardest by the third wave.
So far, the third wave is minor compared to the previous two. In early September, the number of people hospitalized for Covid-19 in New York City in one day reached 900, but fell below 800 this weekend. In April 2020, it exceeded 12,100 at its peak.