NYC Health Dept.: Coronavirus cases spike in 8 Brooklyn, Queens neighborhoods


STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases continue to grow at an “alarming rate” in eight neighborhoods in the city, outpacing the citywide average by 3.3 times over the past 14 days, according to the city Department of Health.

These areas account for over 23% of new cases citywide over the past two weeks despite representing just under 7% of the city’s overall population, said the Health Department. The neighborhood and percentage increase in cases are:

  • Gravesend/Homecrest (6.75%)
  • Midwood (5.34%)
  • Kew Gardens (3.82%)
  • Edgemere/Far Rockaway (3.9%)
  • Borough Park (4.63%)
  • Bensonhurst/Mapleton (4.41%)
  • Gerritsen Beach/Homecrest/Sheepshead Bay (3.91%)
  • Flatlands/Midwood (3.85%)

In addition to these 8 zip codes, The Health Department identified four additional areas showing increased growth of cases and test positivity between 2% and 3%, which are:

  • Rego Park (2.34%)
  • Kew Gardens Hills/Pomonok (2.71%)
  • Kensington/Windsor Terrace (2.45%)
  • Brighton Beach/Manhattan Beach/Sheepshead Bay (2.74%)

Three out of the four areas above, have also increased in the percent of positive tests since the day before, according to Health Department preliminary data.

“Williamsburg remains an area where we are observing a faster increase in cases compared to other parts of the city, even though the test positivity rate is below 3% (1.78%),” said the Health Department in a written statement. “We continue to monitor emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and intensive care unit admissions. With COVID-19, increases in hospital visits generally follow an increase in cases. Data show we are starting to see an uptick in the number of hospitalized patients in two hospitals in Brooklyn and at least one in Queens.”

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