2 Staten Island ZIP codes seeing an uptick in COVID rates, ferry terminal getting testing site

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The city will send a surge of testing and outreach to two Staten Island ZIP codes that are seeing a concerning uptick in COVID rates, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday.

The two ZIP codes—10305 and 10314—both have a positivity rate above 3%.

De Blasio said the city will do the same “hyperlocal” response in the ZIP codes that it used to combat earlier upticks in places like Sunset Park, Brooklyn and the Soundview section of the Bronx.

“We see the kind of increase that makes us concerned,” the mayor said at his daily briefing, adding that it was an "isolated" problem.

The mayor said no restrictions have been announced for the ZIP codes but that they will see intensive testing and outreach.

Ted Long, head of the city Test & Trace Corps, said the city has built out 10 new testing sites across Staten Island and has several large rapid testing sites, including a new one at the St. George Ferry Terminal.

At the rapid testing sites, residents can get a test and have results in 15 minutes.

Long said there are 70 staff from the Test & Trace Corps and community-based organizations on the ground on the island.

When it comes to citywide numbers, de Blasio said 95 patients were admitted to hospitals with a confirmed COVID positivity rate of 23.7%. He said the number was “again higher than we’ve seen recently, but still low compared to where we were in the spring.”

However, the number of new reported cases on a seven-day average was “noticeably above the threshold of 550 cases” at 633 cases, the mayor said.

“Some of that is because of more testing,” de Blasio said. “Even with more testing, we want to see that number go down.”

The percentage of people testing positive for COVID citywide was 1.43%. That figure was 1.81% on a seven-day rolling average.

“That number puts it pretty much right in the middle of where we’ve been for the last few weeks,” the mayor said, adding that it’s “a level we can work with, but a level we want to push down.”