COVID Positivity Rate Surpasses 1%, More Vaccination is Needed to Protect Against Delta Variant
By Yehudit Garmaise
The COVID positivity rate is creeping back up, as it inched back up to 1.02% today, after hovering below 1% for a few weeks and going as low as 0.35%.
The COVID hospitalization rate, which is the greatest current indicator of the severity of the spread of the virus, has flattened for the past two weeks. Today, Gov, Andrew Cuomo reported that statewide the number of COVID patients hospitalized was 339, which is thankfully low, compared with the 18,825 New Yorkers who were hospitalized during COVID’s peak.
New York’s fatality rate also is at its lowest point since the beginning of the pandemic, as one New Yorker passed away yesterday from COVID, which is considered the deadliest disaster in the history of New York City, and which accounted for 25% of all the COVID-19 deaths in the United States.
On April 6, when New York state confirmed 72,181 cases of COVID, the state recorded at least 2,475 deaths in hospitals, but it was later estimated that 1,125 more patients had died at home or on the streets of New York City in the first five days of April.
Although, New York City has provided 9,579,390 COVID vaccine doses, looming in the background right now is the Delta variant, a much more contagious viral strain that emerged from India.
“The vaccinations work for the Delta variant,” said Mitch Katz, MD, the CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals. “The Delta variant is just more contagious and so poses a greater risk for the unvaccinated.
“The problem is unvaccinated people. They're the ones who are generally getting infected.”
“With respect to what we're seeing with respect to cases and hospitalizations among unvaccinated versus vaccinated people, the pattern is very clear,” Dave Chokshi, MD, New York City’s health commissioner said yesterday at Mayor Bill de Blasio’s press conference. “For both cases and hospitalizations, the vast, vast majority are occurring in people who are not yet fully vaccinated.”
“The single most important thing that we can do to protect individuals as well, as for the city as a whole, is to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible.
(Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)