The latest data from the New York City Health Department has shown that coronavirus infection rates are rising, with more than 15% of all tests coming back positive on average in the past week.
The data shows that the weeklong test positivity average is at 15.4% citywide, but there are pockets in every borough where the rate tops an alarming 20%, the data shows.
The data also shows that hospitalization rates have also gone up.
As of Thursday, 1,119 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in the city, the highest number since February.
Health experts say the rising number of COVID cases has shown that more people are falling seriously ill from the virus.
The Health data has also shown that the citywide coronavirus booster rate has been stuck around 39% since April, a concerning sign as the effectiveness of the first two vaccine doses wanes over time.
City Hall has yet to issue a statement on the spike in COVID cases.
However, earlier this month, Adams’ Health Department removed the color-coded alert system that spelled out a range of actions the municipal government should consider taking when infection rates hit specific thresholds, like reinstating mask and vaccine mandates for certain public indoor spaces and activities.
Adams said the city is working on “new weapons” for the pandemic fight.