All 4 Upper West Side ZIP Codes Now Over 3 Percent COVID-19 Rate

Gus Saltonstall

UPPER WEST SIDE, NY — All four of the ZIP codes that make up the Upper West Side now have a COVID-19 rate of over 3 percent, according to the city's most recent data.

The data, which shows COVID-19 testing results for every New York City ZIP code between Dec. 28 and Jan. 3, reveals that the positivity rates in all four ZIP codes that make up the Upper West have jumped in the past two weeks.

The 10069 ZIP code in particular, which stretches from 59th Street to 72nd Street on the west side of West End through Riverside Park, has a percent positivity rate of 5.2 percent.

It is the first time an Upper West Side ZIP code has passed the 5 percent positive mark since the city starting tracking COVID-19 rates by ZIP code.

Here's the COVID-19 information for the four Upper West Side ZIP codes during the week of Dec. 28 to Jan. 3.

  • 10069 — Lower West End/Riverside: 346 people tested, 18 new cases, 5.2 percent positivity.

  • 10023 — Upper West Side/Lincoln Center: 2,721 people tested, 89 new cases, 3.27 percent positivity

  • 10024 — Upper West Side: 2,593 people tested, 80 new cases, 3.09 percent positivity.

  • 10025 — Manhattan Valley/Morningside Heights/UWS: 4,036 people tested, 127 new cases, 3.15 percent positivity.

The percent positive rates in all four ZIP codes have gone up in the past two-week period.

Comparing the rates seen in the UWS ZIP codes from Dec. 18 through Dec. 24, to Dec. 28 through Jan. 3, 10069 has gone from 2,91 percent to 5.2 percent, 10025 has gone from 2.03 percent to 3.15 percent, 10024 has gone from 2.3 percent positive to 3.09 percent positive, and 10023 from 1.59 percent 3.27 percent.

While the Upper West Side COVID-19 rates are still lower than almost everywhere else in New York City, the jumps in the past 14 days are noteworthy.

The jump in NYC COVID-19 rates comes as Mayor Bill de Blasio plead Wednesday for permission to give the coronavirus vaccine to New Yorkers over 75.

Left unnamed was the plea's target — Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

De Blasio's remarks Wednesday were the latest in a days-long campaign for the "state" — really, Cuomo — to give the city more flexibility to dole out COVID-19 vaccines.

Essential workers and vulnerable New Yorkers, including those over 75, are in other categories that don't yet have permission to receive vaccines.

Patch reporter Matt Troutman contributed to this article.

This article originally appeared on the Upper West Side Patch