Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday pointed to a zip code that encompasses both the Inwood and Washington Heights neighborhoods as one of 20 hotspots due to rising coronavirus cases in New York state.
Zip code 10040, which runs from approximately West 187th Street in Washington Heights to Dyckman Street in Inwood, had seven positive cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, the state Department of Health said. This area is predominantly Latino.
“Nearly a quarter of the positive cases yesterday (Tuesday) were from just 20 zip codes,” Cuomo tweeted Wednesday. “We are targeting these groups immediately to prevent community spread. Take this warning seriously if you live in one of these ZIP codes.”
These are Tuesday’s statistics for the Upper Manhattan zip code:
Positivity rate: 4 percent
Positive tests: seven
Tests performed: 198
The Inwood and Washington Heights zip code was the only area of Manhattan to appear on the New York City Top 20 Hotspots list.
Of the 20 New York ZIP codes with the highest positivity rates, Rockland County and Brooklyn County are the most critical.
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday that the daily rate of positive coronavirus cases exceeded 3 percent for the first time since June in the Big Apple.
You can get a free rapid COVID-19 test and get results within 24 hours at the COVID-Express center in Washington Heights.
Tests are available by appointment only. You can register online that the New York Department of Health portal. If you don’t see appointments available for the Washington Heights location, that means the clinic has sold out all available spots. You can revisit the site to reserve another day.