Rate of COVID-19 positive tests creeps up in New York

Rate of COVID-19 positive tests creeps up in New York

There was a slight uptick in the rate of positive tests for COVID-19 in Brooklyn and Queens hot spots — as well as overall statewide — Saturday, according to the latest New York figures.

Brooklyn’s “red zone,” including Midwood — and the worst area in the city in terms of the coronavirus —  recorded a positive-test rate of 4.45 percent Saturday, compared to 4.23 percent Friday.

The latest rate in the borough’s “yellow zone’’ surrounding the red zone was 2.14 percent, as opposed to 2.07 percent the day before.

In Queens, its yellow-zone rate in Forest Hills and Kew Garden Hills was 2.93 percent compared to 2.40 percent Friday, while another yellow zone in Far Rockaway was 2.55 percent Saturday as opposed to 1.68 percent Friday, the state said.

Meanwhile, the state’s total positive-test rate was 1.35 percent Saturday, while it was 1.31 percent Friday.

Those figures were keeping in line with recent days, although slightly higher than the averages for the past two weeks, which they were 1.18 and 1.16 respectively.

Without the danger zones, the state’s overall percentage was 1.06, similar to past recent and weekly tallies.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in a conference call with reporters Sunday, called the latest figures “great news.

“We get the numbers down, then we can open up the areas. It’s just math,’’ he said, referring to the state’s recent shutdown of many businesses and in-person school learning in some of the hot zones.

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