Mayor Bill de Blasio warns that the rates need to stop climbing now, or residents should brace for new restrictions and closures.
On Wednesday, New York City reported a 2.61 percent daily positivity rate, the highest since June.
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Staten Island is of particular concern with the positivity rates in Great Kills reaching as high as 5.44%.
Over the past 10 days, parts of Staten Island have had 7-day average positivity rates above 2.5 percent, and cases per 100,000 and new daily hospital admissions have increased, meeting the metrics for a yellow zone designation.
As a result, all Catholic elementary schools in the Staten Island region will transition to remote learning starting Thursday.
Meanwhile, volunteers fanned the borough, urging people to get tested, and wear a mask.
They could be found at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal and also in several shopping centers, again offering PPE, information, and testing.
In Southern Brooklyn, which also recently saw a rise in cases, those red zones have now turned into orange warning zones after showing improvement.
That means some non-essential businesses can reopen and the city hopes they'll see the same results on Staten Island if people do their part.
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New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene updated its data by zip code.
- Seven day average of percent positive by zip code
- Weekly counts of cases and persons tested by zip code
- More refined age breakdowns and trend data
The Mayor also provided guidance for the upcoming holidays.
- Safer holiday activities; get creative and stay smart, stick to core four
- Religious services: go virtual or outside
- Gatherings: know your own and others' risk, keep it small, outdoors is safer
- Travel: stay local, travel safely, get tested and quarantine after travel
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