Breezy Point – the summer oasis on the western end of the Rockaway Peninsula – has the most number of COVID-19 positive in the most recent data provided by the New York City Health Department.
The median 7-day community positivity between November 6-12 is the highest in the city at 6.55%, with 11 new cases detected in Zip Code 11697. Four other communities across the city have 7-day positive rates higher than 5%: Washington Heights, Manhattan (10040 ZIP, 5.23%, 55 new positive cases) Midland Beach / New Dorbe, Staten Island (10306, 5.19%, 92 new cases); Granitville / Mariners Harbor, Staten Island (10303, 5.07%, 38 new cases); And Midland Beach / South Beach, Staten Island (10305, 5.03%, 63 new cases).
Richmond Hill (11418), which two days earlier was the highest in the city, fell below the positive rate of 5% on Monday, coming in at 4.95% and 48 new cases. But COVID-19 cases appear to be on the rise in Elmhurst, which was the tragic epicenter of the first wave of outbreaks during March and April.
Elmhurst zip code 11373 has a 7-day positive rate of 4.88%, with 114 new cases detected, according to the latest Health Department figures.
In all, 21 neighborhoods across the city now have a positive rate of COVID-19 of 4% or higher.
The city is using its 7-day COVID-19 positive rate to assess the development and spread of COVID-19 across the five boroughs. The number is used, in particular, to determine whether public schools should remain open.
Overall, the 7-day citywide COVID-19 positivity reported on November 16 was 2.77%, still below the 3% threshold that would result in public schools closing and switching to online learning.
During an appearance on “Morning Joe” on MSNBC Monday morning, Mayor Bill de Blasio said that public schools will open their doors Tuesday.
This story originally appeared amny.com.