NYC’s Coronavirus Positivity Rate Spikes


For the first time in months, the positivity rate in New York City has risen above 3 percent.

Mayor Bill de Blasio reported on Tuesday that 3.25 percent of tests came back positive. That’s significant, because if the 7-day rolling average is above 3 percent then schools will be closed.

“We still obviously have a serious problem, and the problem is primarily in nine ZIP codes,” de Blasio said.

The mayor said the city will step up its information and enforcement efforts in those areas. That includes increased testing and fines for people not wearing a mask.

If the spike continues, non-essential businesses could be closed and large gatherings could be banned.

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