NYC school buildings will be open on Tuesday for blended learning. Upward revisions of numbers from the previous day has most of skeptical that any numbers are real but we are still officially below the 3% positivity rate. I have no trust in this mayor. Here is the latest from Gothamist:
New York City's seven-day average test positivity is now at 2.8% as coronavirus cases reach their highest level since May, according to city health data updated on Monday.
The latest data shows that the city remains precariously close to 3%, the threshold at which Mayor Bill de Blasio has said he would shut public schools and shift completely to remote learning.
Health officials on Monday also revised the prior day average positivity reading upward to 2.9%. The city's test data is routinely changed as more results roll in, and a surge in demand for testing marked the return of long lines at many clinics around the city and longer turnaround times.
Given the delays in results, Dr. Denis Nash, an epidemiology professor, cautioned New Yorkers to wait several days before interpreting the data.
"Backfilling of data can really change the metrics," he told Gothamist on Monday.
Trends over the weekend had suggested that the share of residents testing positive for COVID was starting to decline or at least flatten, but now the trajectory seems to be unclear.
Nash pointed to the fact that average new daily cases were continuing to climb. On Monday, the seven-day average of new cases reached 1,057, a level not seen since May and nearly double that of the city's warning threshold of 550 average cases a day.