Staten Island Sees Uptick in Covid-19 Cases

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As concern grows over the extremely contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus, some components of New York City are seeing an uptick in Covid-19 circumstances.

The seven-day common price of optimistic check outcomes elevated to 1.27 % as of Saturday, based on the newest information from the town well being division, after weeks of declining circumstances and low hospitalization charges.

On common, there have been 328 new confirmed and possible circumstances each day during the last week.

Here’s what to know:

The information

Staten Island has the very best check positivity price in the town at 2.45 %. The borough reported 113 circumstances in the final seven-day interval, and is house to ZIP codes with the highest three hospitalization charges in the town.

Dr. Dave Chokshi, the town well being commissioner, mentioned Staten Island’s improve in optimistic circumstances is probably going because of the variety of youthful residents who’re unvaccinated.

“It’s perhaps the most dangerous time to be unvaccinated,” Dr. Chokshi mentioned throughout a information convention on Monday. “That’s why we have ensured that our vaccination efforts are proceeding with as much urgency as possible to be able to extend the protection of vaccination to as many people as we can.”

New York State lifted nearly all pandemic-related restrictions on June 15, after 70 % of grownup residents had acquired at the very least one dose of the vaccine. Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, a professor of epidemiology at Columbia University, mentioned the rise in circumstances is a reminder that the pandemic just isn’t over.

“This should be a wake-up call,” Dr. El-Sadr mentioned, including, “Every effort must be made to enhance vaccination uptake, encourage testing and remind people of what they can do to protect themselves and their loved ones.”

The response

During the information convention on Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio emphasised the significance of getting extra New Yorkers vaccinated by means of group efforts reminiscent of cellular vaccination websites, in-home vaccinations and referral bonuses for getting vaccinated.

As of Monday, four.four million New Yorkers have been absolutely vaccinated and four.eight million have had at the very least one dose, Mr. de Blasio mentioned.

“All the effort that was put in before is the reason why the hospitalization rate has gone lower and lower,” Mr. de Blasio mentioned. “We’re watching the data really carefully, and we’ll certainly continue to look at different options of what we got to do to respond to the situation as it develops.”

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And lastly: Tourists rediscover a modified subway

Ali Kate Cherkis writes for The Times:

The final time Richard McKee rode the New York City subway, John F. Kennedy was in the White House. Now retired and vaccinated, he flew right here in June from Northern California and headed underground with a digicam round his neck to the murals and installations in the subway stations.

Things felt completely different than in 1962, when Mr. McKee was final right here. “For one thing,” he mentioned, “the subway is cleaner; it’s quieter.”

Mr. McKee is likely one of the many vacationers I’ve met on the subway this 12 months who’s profiting from a newly reopened New York. For now, at the very least, journey and lodge prices are nonetheless comparatively low, engaging younger folks, retirees and households to make the journey.

Natasha Vertti and Khiari Bakar took the practice from Philadelphia in early June to have a good time Ms. Vertti’s 24th birthday.

“She hadn’t experienced New York nightlife before,” Mr. Bakar, 26, mentioned. “I’ve been in love with New York for years and I thought it’d be a great place to escape to for her birthday.”

Mr. Bakar famous that the sense of normalcy on the trains felt good, and that the “spirit of the city is back.”

The Ortega household, touring to New York from Bogotá, Colombia, in June, hit some main landmarks, just like the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. They had deliberate to make the journey since earlier than the pandemic for Sara Sofía Ortega’s quinceañera.

Edgar Ortega, Sara Sofía’s father, who had been to New York earlier than, mentioned they loved using the subway, which was cleaner and fewer busy than on his earlier visits.

Matthew Gerson made the journey in mid-June from Washington to go to his girlfriend, who was on summer season break from regulation college and was dwelling in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn.

“It’s been wonderful to ride the subway in New York,” Mr. Gerson, 25, mentioned. “It’s been a powerful reassurance that life is gradually returning to normal. Like waking up from a long, bad dream.”

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Metropolitan Diary: Lifted up

Dear Diary:

I used to be on my solution to my first job, standing on the nook of 52nd Street and Second Avenue and ready for the sunshine to vary.

Suddenly, I felt my physique being lifted off the bottom by somebody a lot greater. I couldn’t see who it was, however I didn’t really feel threatened, simply confused.

After I regained my steadiness and composure, I regarded as much as see that it was an outdated good friend of my father’s.

“You looked like you needed a hug,” he mentioned with a smile.

Embarrassed, I laughed.

“I did,” I mentioned.

— Mark Finando

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