Coronavirus Updates: NYC Health Officials Say They Are Starting To See A Rise In Overall COVID-19 Hospitalization

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The city's overall positivity rate is now nearly 2%, after hovering around 1% for weeks.
This is our daily update of breaking COVID-19 news for Monday, September 28th, 2020. Previous daily updates can be found here, and up-to-date statistics are here.

New York City is in Phase 4 of reopening now, which includes zoos, botanical gardens, museums, and gyms. A look at preparing for the spread of coronavirus is here, and if you have lingering questions about the virus, here is our regularly updated coronavirus FAQ. Here are some local and state hotlines for more information: NYC: 311; NY State Hotline: 888-364-3065; NJ State Hotline: 800-222-1222.

Here's the latest:

4:30 p.m. New York City health officials are now reporting an overall increase in the number of coronavirus hospitalizations, another indicator that the virus is spreading faster.

The Department of Health did not provide a number, but according to the latest stats tweeted by Mayor Bill de Blasio, there were recently 61 coronavirus patients admitted to hospitals. Due to a reporting delays, the hospitalization data can be as much as a week behind.

In another alarming sign, the city's overall positivity rate is now nearly 2%, after hovering around 1% for weeks.

We've made great progress on COVID-19, but we're not done until we hit zero. Here's a look at the numbers:

•332 new reported cases

•61 patients admitted to hospitals

•Citywide positive tests are at 1.93%

Practice social distancing, wear face coverings and avoid large crowds. — Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) September 28, 2020

Monday was the sixth day in a row that city health officials sent the media an update on eight neighborhoods they have identified as areas of concern.

Six of the eight neighborhoods experienced increases in cases from from the prior day's report, the DOH said. Together, the areas account for over a quarter of new cases citywide over the past two weeks, despite representing just under 7% of the city's overall population.

Below are the latest positivity rates based on a 14-day average on all the areas that…
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