Including data from Saturday, February 6th, Roosevelt Island’s coronavirus positivity rate is way down to 1.1%, easily best in New York City.
By David Stone
Following a national trend, Roosevelt Islanders are testing less. The drop here is about 25% from results prior to RIOC’s lightly used rapid testing sight openING in mid-January.
Of 365 tests taken, only 4 showed positive results, according to data from the New York City Department of Health, barely 1.1%. At the same time, City positivity came in at over 8%.
It’s nearly impossible determining all the factors leading to this result, but no doubt, healthy practices play a role. Mask wearing, for example, is very high here.
Other likely factors are lower than average population density and the absence of many public, indoor gathering places. Because of our community’s design, when Roosevelt Islanders get together, it’s more like in a park or similar setting than nearly any other venue.