The number of new infections is swiftly rising, with more than 1,000 cases identified in the city four days in a row this past week, a level that last occurred in May, according to the state’s Department of Health. Just a month ago, daily cases were typically in the 500 to 700 range.
Hospitalizations and death rates are a small fraction of what they were at the height of the pandemic, and case count comparisons can be tricky, given that much more testing is occurring now. What’s more, the positivity rate in New York City is still well below that in neighboring states.
Still, on Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to announce that the “Covid crisis is entering a new phase,” and he will call on New Yorkers to “double down to stop the spread,” according to his prepared remarks provided by his office.