Coronavirus Updates: Two More Hospitals See Rise In COVID Patients As Hot Spots Also See Upticks In Cases
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Two hospitals in Brooklyn and one in Queens are seeing upticks.
This is our daily update of breaking COVID-19 news for Sunday September 26th, 2020. Previous daily updates can be found here, and up-to-date statistics are here.

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Here's the latest:

There are now two more hospitals that are seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases after eight neighborhoods found in Brooklyn and Queens have been shown to be experiencing high rates of the virus in recent weeks.

The Mayor's Office and the DOH declined to disclose the locations of the two hospitals to Gothamist, beyond that they are both in Brooklyn and Queens. The DOH previously said hospitalizations were increasing at a hospital in south Brooklyn.

The news comes as DOH updated its figures showing positivity rates in in eight ZIP codes. New figures updated on Sunday show the number of neighborhoods with positivity rates higher than 3%:

Gravesend/Homecrest (6.75%)

Midwood (5.34%)

Kew Gardens (3.82%)

Edgemere/Far Rockaway (3.9%)

Borough Park (4.63%)

Bensonhurst/Mapleton (4.41%)

Gerritsen Beach/Homecrest/Sheepshead Bay (3.91%)

Flatlands/Midwood (3.85%)

When taken together the neighborhoods represent 23% of positive cases the city has seen overall in the past two weeks even though those neighborhoods comprise just 7% of the city's overall population.

On top of those 8 ZIP codes, DOH also tracked four other ZIP codes showing an uptick in the number of cases with positive rates just over 2% or more over the last 14 days. They include:

Rego Park (2.34%)

Kew Gardens Hills/Pomonok (2.71%)

Kensington/Windsor Terrace (2.45%)

Brighton Beach/Manhattan Beach/Sheepshead Bay (2.74%)

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Sophia Chang, David Cruz
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