New York City's daily COVID-19 positive test rate is over 3% 'for the first time in months': mayor

FILE PHOTO: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, speaks during a news conference, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Coney Island neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City, U.S., September 15, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

(Reuters) - New York City’s positive COVID-19 test rate topped 3% “for the first time in months,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday, attributing the rise in the city’s infection rate to nine particular zip codes.

The citywide daily positive test rate was 3.25%, the mayor said on Tuesday, while the seven day rolling average was 1.38%.

“Obviously everyone is concerned about that. That is something we all have to work on together to address,” de Blasio said.

Reporting by Gabriella Borter, Editing by Franklin Paul