STATEN ISLAND – City Department of Health reported 156 more coronavirus (COVID-19) infections on Staten Island in the past 24 hours, the highest increase in a day in six months.
At the same time, this disease is said to have claimed the life of one more person in the city, bringing the total number to 1,100 people.
In addition, the number of coronavirus hospitalizations on Staten Island has also increased.
As of 1pm Friday, 17,424 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection have been reported in the county since the pandemic broke out eight months ago, according to the most recent data available.
There were 17,268 cases recorded on Thursday afternoon.
The number of new cases has spiked both on Staten Island and across the city in recent weeks.
In the past 8 days alone, 646 cases were reported in the county, averaging almost 81 cases per day. The highest total for a day in that period was 110 on October 30.
The last time cases spiked by more than 120 in 24 hours was in mid-May, according to the Advance / SILive.com statistics.
A source from the Health Ministry said the figures reflect the total at the time they were reported to the agency and not when deaths and infections occurred. All data are preliminary and subject to change.
With the COVID positive rate rising here, the city on Thursday announced plans to increase testing and outreach on Staten Island.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said the jump in cases would not trigger the shutdown.
Instead, he said the city will focus on gains above 3% in ZIP codes 10305 and 10314 to avert a larger outbreak.
The 10305 ZIP code covers East Shore neighborhoods such as Arrochar, Fort Wadsworth, Grasmere, Ocean Breeze, Rosebank, Shore Acres, South Beach and parts of Dongan Hills.
ZIP code 10314 covers parts of the central and western parts of the county including neighborhoods such as Bulls Head, Castleton Corners, Graniteville, Meiers Corners, New Springville, Travis, and Willowbrook.
However, later on Thursday, Borough Chairman James Oddo said three other ZIP codes passed positive rates of 3% – 10302, 10307 and 10312.
ZIP 10302 includes Port Richmond and Elm Park, while ZIP code 10307 includes Tottenville.
ZIP codes 10312 include Annadale, Arden Heights, Eltingville, Greenridge and Huguenot.
Preliminary and current data as of November 1, show that all Staten Island ZIP codes have positive rates above 2%.
Oddo said the officials are working to raise awareness about the coronavirus while also trying to identify possible reasons for the increase.
De Blasio and Dr. Ted Long, the head of the city’s COVID-19 Inspection and Tracking Corps, said on Thursday the situation compared with slight increases seen in the Sunset Park neighborhood in Brooklyn and Bronx’s Soundview area.
They say that the growing concentration in those communities has helped reduce the rate of worrying positivity.
Also, as of Friday afternoon, 1,100 Island residents are believed to have succumbed to the coronavirus.
That total is 1,099 on Thursday.
The deaths included 915 residents of the area with confirmed COVID-19 cases, totaling equivalent to Thursday.
In addition to confirmed deaths, 185 deaths were in the “probable” category, an increase of one from 24 hours ago.
Staten Island passed the 1,000 suspected coronavirus deaths five months ago on June 4.
Death is classified as “probable” if the deceased was an urban resident who did not test positive for coronavirus in the lab, but the death certificate lists “COVID-19” or a whole. equivalent death multiplier.
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Meanwhile, the number of coronavirus patients being treated in the district’s two hospital systems has increased to four.
On Friday morning, 39 patients are being cared for. There are 35 patients on Thursday.
Before that, on Tuesday, the total number of COVID hospitalizations on Staten Island reached 40, the highest number since late June.
However, those numbers pale in comparison to the high level of the pandemic seven months ago.
By that time, the number of COVID hospitalizations had skyrocketed to 554 patients.
Christian Preston, a spokesman for Staten Island University Hospital, cared for 29 patients on Friday, up two patients from Thursday.
Spokesperson Alex Lutz said 10 patients are being treated at the University of Richmond Medical Center, also 2 patients compared with 24 hours earlier.
Across five counties, 260,092 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection were recorded on Friday afternoon.
That represents a 1,087 jump from Thursday’s total of 259,005.
Across the city, the number of suspected coronavirus deaths was 24,054.
Deaths including 19,392 confirmed coronavirus infections.
The other 4,662 deaths were considered “probable” COVID-19 cases.
As for the inspection, the data shows that 3,659 out of 100,000 Staten Island residents tested received coronavirus positive results, according to the 2018 Census data forecast and Friday afternoon tally of Ministry of Health.
Staten Island’s infection rate remains the second highest out of the five counties.
However, the exams do not necessarily reflect the entire spread of the virus.
Bronx’s infection rate has been topping the city since the end of April.
In that county, 3,925 residents per 100,000 had a positive test result. Bronx has 56,212 confirmed cases.
Queens has the third highest confirmed coronavirus infection rate in the city with 3,380 residents per 100,000 positive tests. There have been 77,035 cases in the county where the second most populous place is.
Brooklyn, the county with the largest population, has the fourth lowest rate of infection per 100,000 residents – 2,902.
Brooklyn’s 74,962 cases are the second most out of five counties, after Queens.
Manhattan has the lowest infection rate in the city with 2,111 per 100,000 residents testing positive for those tested.
The data revealed that there were 34,376 positive cases in Manhattan.