NEW YORK (PIX11) — Experts are warning of an uptick in COVID cases in New York City.
According to data from the city’s Department of Health, over 2,100 people per day have tested positive for the virus in the last seven days, a 43% increase compared to the past month. Officials say an upward trend in cases is expected to continue.
City data showed minimal changes in the number of hospitalizations. On the other hand, confirmed virus deaths have decreased. The neighborhoods with the highest seven-day positivity rates from April 6 to April 12 were Financial District, Lincoln Square, and Lenox Hill/Upper East Side in Manhattan and Greenpoint in Brooklyn.
With Easter and Passover celebrations held in person over the weekend — thanks to multiple vaccinations and large-scale testing — experts warn New Yorkers a surge is possible if they aren’t careful.
“We continue to see things rise,” public health expert Dr. Anthony Santella said, “which is frustrating.”
On Easter Sunday, the Test and Trace Corps supplied an additional 6.3 million COVID-19 tests for people across the city, which included giveaways at several churches.
“These are things we can use to give out to the community because we believe the church is a community outpost,” Deacon Arthur Phillips said of the effort.
Experts urged New Yorkers to be vigilant. The city has continued to drop COVID mandates, with the latest one announced being the vaccine mandate for Broadway shows, which will end this month.