STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The number of new confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the borough continued to rise, averaging nearly 20 more per day over the past week compared to the week before.
Coronavirus hospitalizations here jumped by nearly 50% over the last seven days, although they were still lower than the total two weeks ago.
At the same time, the disease has claimed the lives of three more borough residents since July 16, city Health Department data shows.
As of 1 p.m. Friday, 63,809 confirmed coronavirus cases have been recorded in the borough since the pandemic struck about 17 months ago, according to the most recent data available.
That number marks an increase of 72 from Thursday’s total of 63,737 cases.
It is also 396 higher than last Friday’s posted tally of 63,413 — or about 57 new cases daily during the past week.
Staten Island had averaged around 37 new coronavirus cases per day between July 9 and July 15. Previously, there had been about 19 new cases daily during the month of June.
In fact, four Staten Island ZIP codes’ COVID-19 infection rates were among the highest in the city for the seven-day period between July 14 and July 20, according to the most recent data available for those numbers, per the Health Department’s web site.
ZIP code 10312, which includes Annadale, Arden Heights, Eltingville, Greenridge and Huguenot, had a rate of 4.62% for those tested.
The positivity rate in ZIP code 10308, which contains Great Kills, was 4.49%.
Just behind at 4.45 percent were ZIP codes 10307 (Tottenville) and 10309, which includes Charleston, Pleasant Plains, Prince’s Bay, Rossville and Woodrow.
In contrast, ZIP code 10310, which includes Port Richmond, Randall Manor and West Brighton, has the lowest seven-day positivity rate on the Island at 1.24%.
All data is preliminary, subject to change and can reflect lags in collection according to the Health Department.
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Also, as of Friday afternoon, 1,850 Staten Islanders are believed to have died from complications related to the coronavirus.
That total represents an increase of three from July 16.
The fatalities include 1,637 borough residents with confirmed COVID-19 cases, up three from the figure posted a week ago.
In addition, 213 deaths were in the “probable” category, the same number as last Friday.
A death is classified as “probable” if the decedent was a city resident who had no known positive laboratory test for the coronavirus, but the death certificate lists “COVID-19” or an equivalent as a cause of death.
According to city Health Department data, the vast majority of confirmed coronavirus deaths in the five boroughs occurred in individuals with underlying medical issues.
Those conditions can include lung disease, asthma, heart disease, a weakened immune system, obesity, diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease and cancer.
Meanwhile, 22 coronavirus in-patients were being treated in the borough’s two hospital systems on Friday. That count was up two from Thursday and marked an increase of seven from July 16′s tally of 15 patients.
However, Friday’s total was two less than the number two weeks ago on July 9, which was 24.
COVID-19 hospitalizations are just a fraction of what they had been.
From the beginning of the year until the end of April, Staten Island’s coronavirus patient count had been in the triple-digits.
COVID-19 hospitalizations peaked on Jan. 18 at 302 patients.
Since then, those numbers have fallen, increased slightly, then dropped dramatically.
They have fluctuated in recent weeks.
On Friday, Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH) was treating 18 patients, said Jillian O’Hara, a spokeswoman. That total was up six from a week ago.
Richmond University Medical Center was caring for four patients, a boost of one from July 16, Alex Lutz, a spokesman, said.
In other data, 795,506 confirmed coronavirus cases have been reported citywide as of Friday afternoon.
That tally is 3,901 higher than July 16′s total of 791,605 cases, averaging to about 557 per day over the past week.
As for suspected coronavirus deaths across the five boroughs, that count has reached 33,502.
The fatalities consist of 28,399 individuals who were confirmed coronavirus cases.
There were 5,103 others whose deaths were deemed as “probable” COVID-19 cases.
With respect to testing, the data shows 13,400 of every 100,000 Staten Islanders checked — or more than 1 in 8 — have received positive results for the coronavirus, according to 2018 Census data projections and the Health Department’s Friday afternoon tally.
Staten Island’s infection rate is the highest, per capita, among the five boroughs.
The Bronx’s infection rate is second highest.
In that borough, 10,684 residents per 100,000 have tested positive. The Bronx has had 153,003 confirmed cases.
Queens has the third-highest rate of confirmed coronavirus cases in the city with 10,190 residents per 100,000 testing positive. There have been 232,221 cases in that borough, the second-most populous.
Brooklyn, the borough with the largest population, has the fourth-lowest rate of infection per 100,000 residents – 9,110.
However, Brooklyn’s 235,304 cases are the most among the five boroughs.
Manhattan has the lowest infection rate in the city with 6,823 per 100,000 residents testing positive of those who were examined.
There have been 111,122 positive cases in Manhattan, the data said.