Though the Delta variant continues to target the unvaccinated in New York City by the thousands, signs in the latest city Health Department data indicate that the latest wave of COVID-19 infections may be starting to crest.
The 7-day average daily number of positive cases fell from 1,906 on Aug. 13 to 1,859 on Aug. 16. In that same period, the 7-day hospitalization rate also dropped from 108 on Aug. 13 to 89 three days later.
Overall, the city’s 7-day positivity rate over the past 28 days — one of the Health Department’s “key indicators” of the COVID-19 crisis — sat on Aug. 22 at 3.82 percent, which the agency described as “stable.”
The daily 7-day positivity rate itself slid from a peak of 3.99 percent on Aug. 12 to 3.81 percent on Aug. 18.
It’s enough to give one local lawmaker — Brooklyn City Council Member Stephen Levin — some “cautious optimism” that the city’s third major COVID-19 wave in 18 months may finally be ebbing.
The latest data from @nycHealthy gives me cautious optimism-daily case totals seem to have peaked in the past couple weeks-this is bc the vaccination has been consistently going up. I give @NYCMayor credit for pushing the envelope on mandates. & pls, if u haven’t yet, get vaxxed! pic.twitter.com/hwzjO074cq
— (((Stephen Levin))) 🟣 (@StephenLevin33) August 22, 2021
“This is [because] the vaccination has been consistently going up,” Levin tweeted on Sunday morning. “I give @NYCMayor [Bill de Blasio] credit for pushing the envelope on mandates.”