Even with the highly-contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 making up 98% of all new virus cases citywide, the rate of transmission is plunging thanks to the ongoing vaccination effort, according to the latest New York City Health Department data.

The transmission rate — used to gauge the community spread of COVID-19 — has dropped citywide to 94.52 cases per 100,000 people. Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx are seeing transmission rates below the citywide figure, but the numbers are far higher in Brooklyn and Staten Island, largely due to both boroughs having some of the lowest fully-vaccinated rates in the entire city.

Staten Island continues to have the highest transmission rate in the city, at 130.63 per 100,000 people, while Brooklyn now comes in a close second at 121.53 per 100,000 residents. Combined, the two boroughs have 23 of the 53 communities across New York City where less than 60% of the population is fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 cases continue to decrease in New York City — but not in areas of Brooklyn where vaccination rates are low, and the deadly virus is flourishing. Even with the highly-contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 making up 98% of all new virus cases citywide, the rate of transmission is […]

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