BED-STUY, BROOKLYN – With a nationwide surge in coronavirus causing officials to revive a mask mandate across New York, neighborhood-level coronavirus positivity rates are rising, including in Bed-Stuy.
For the week that ended December 4, positive rates in the neighborhood’s zip codes rose up to 3.48 percent, showing a steady increase from a month earlier when rates were around 1 percent in all five zip codes City data.
The local peaks come when coronavirus rates rise across the city and state, most notably in parts of New York state.
In New York City, the seven-day averages – which were about 3 percent on December 4 – are the highest since summer.
Bed-Stuy’s coronavirus rates were highest in 11221, which covers part of Bushwick, and 11216, which covers the western part of the neighborhood and part of Crown Heights. The other three postcodes had coronavirus rates between 2.2 and 2.74 percent, according to the data.
Here’s a look at where they were in each ZIP:
- 11221: Bedford-Stuyvesant (East) / Bushwick: 3.48%
- 11206: Williamsburg (South): 2.48%
- 11205: Bedford-Stuyvesant (West) / Clinton Hill / Fort Greene: 2.2%
- 11216: Bedford-Stuyvesant (West) / Crown Heights (West): 3.23%
- 11233: Bedford-Stuyvesant (East) / Ocean Hill-Brownsville: 2.74%
The coronavirus peak recently led to a nationwide mask requirement for public indoor spaces, unless the venues already require proof of a full vaccination against COVID-19. Governor Kathy Hochul said the measure, which is slated to end on January 15, 2022, is necessary to combat rising COVID-19 levels and the looming threat posed by the omicron variant.
The governor has also pledged to support strained healthcare facilities by postponing some elective surgeries this week in 32 hospitals with limited beds and scarce staff – all in New York state, where hospital admissions have increased 150 percent, according to Hochul.
“We have the tools to fight this pandemic and you can protect yourself and your loved ones by getting vaccinated and encouraging others to vaccinate,” said the governor on Monday, noting that vaccination was also a way to Reduce hospital capacity, as fully vaccinated people are less likely to be hospitalized with the coronavirus.
Patch reporter Kayla Levy contributed to this report.