COVID Updates: New York City health officials closely monitoring 4 ‘concerning’ clusters

NEW YORK (WABC) — The New York City Health Department continues to track 4 concerning clusters of COVID-19 cases in Southern Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Central Queens and Far Rockaway.

These clusters include 12 neighborhoods in New York City with positivity rates above 3%, accounting for over 30% of new cases citywide over the past 2 weeks despite representing 9.0% of the city’s overall population.

The 7-day average percent positivity is 5.72% for the 12 neighborhoods, while the citywide average is 1.42%. With the 12 neighborhoods removed, the 7-day average positivity for the city is 1.05%.

These clusters also reach an additional 7 neighborhoods where cases are accelerating faster than citywide, despite the percentage of positive tests remaining under 3% over the past 14 days.

Meanwhile, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that a record number of tests — 134,267 — were reported to the state on Friday.

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