BED-STUY, BROOKLYN — A ZIP code covering Bed-Stuy has been added to a list of areas where city health officials are worried about an increase in coronavirus cases, the health department said Wednesday.
The 11205 ZIP code — which stretches over Fort Greene, Clinton Hill and an eastern portion of Bed-Stuy — is one of seven neighborhoods where the coronavirus test positivity rate has been on the rise, and recently reached between 2 and 3 percent.
"These ZIP codes, we’re keeping a close eye on and sending more support into," Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday. "The same message for people who live in these zip codes: Go out, get tested right away. Obviously, follow all the basics — face masks social distancing."
The seven neighborhoods were added Wednesday to the Health Department's areas of concern, though they have not yet reached the "alarming" rate of 10 New York City neighborhoods where positivity rates have spiked above 3 percent.
Those 10 Brooklyn and Queens neighborhoods, now including Fresh Meadows/Hilcrest, are part of coronavirus clusters that have prompted a ramp up in testing and enforcement of coronavirus rules in the last week.
The city's overall 14-day positivity rate was at 1.43 percent Wednesday. The daily New York City rate had spiked to a months-long high of 3 percent on Tuesday, largely because of the neighborhood-level upticks.
In the Bed-Stuy ZIP code, the positivity rate's 14-day average reached 2.07 percent Wednesday, which includes an increase of .3 percent from the previous day.
The Health Department has already tripled the capacity of COVID Express testing sites in Fort Greene and Crown Heights, another newly-added ZIP code to the watchlist, the department said.
The city has also started fining New Yorkers who refused to wear masks after being offered one and have started checking up on private schools throughout the areas of concern.
Here are the 14-day average positivity rates for all 17 neighborhoods of concern as of Wednesday:
10 Neighborhoods With Rates Above 3 Percent
Edgemere/Far Rockaway (11691): 4.74%
Gravesend/Homerest (11223): 6.9%
Midwood (11230): 5.62%
Borough Park (11219): 6.51%
Bensonhurst/Mapleton (11204): 6.31%
Gerritsen Beach/Homecrest/ Sheepshead Bay (11229): 4.13%
Flatlands/Midwood (11210): 4.66%
Kew Gardens (11415): 3.29%
Kew Gardens Hills/Pomonok (11367): 3.68%
Fresh Meadows/Hillcrest (11366): 3.08%
Seven Neighborhoods With Rates Between 2 and 3 Percent
East Williamsburg/ Williamsburg (11211/ 11249): 2.06%
Bedford-Stuyvesant (West)/Clinton Hill/Fort Greene (11205): 2.07%
Kensington/Windsor Terrace (11218): 2.79%
Brighton Beach/Manhattan Beach/Sheepshead Bay (11235): 2.97%
Crown Heights (East) (11213): 2.30%
Rego Park (11374): 2.66%
Hillcrest/Jamaica Estates/Jamaica Hills (11432): 2.69%