Delta COVID variant a ‘growing concern’ as restrictions ease across the city

Medical professionals are worried about unvaccinated New Yorkers. Mask mandates and restrictions continue to drop across the city as we hit the 70% vaccination rate threshold.

News 12 Staff

Jun 25, 2021, 12:29 AM

Updated 1,123 days ago

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With the COVID-19 state of emergency ending Thursday, it may feel like New York City is out of the woods, but there is a growing concern of the Delta COVID variant. 
Medical professionals are worried about unvaccinated New Yorkers. Mask mandates and restrictions continue to drop across the city as we hit the 70% vaccination rate threshold. 
The Bronx and Brooklyn are still lagging behind with only 46% and 48% of people having at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. 
As of last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named the Delta COVID variant one of concern and a local infectious disease doctor predicts that those who are unvaccinated could be at higher risk for getting infected. 
As of now, of the tested COVID-19 cases in the city, 10.3% make up the Delta variant. 
With summer gatherings on the horizon, the NYC Department of Health, Bronx Health Reach and Stop and Shop are teaming up to encourage anyone who hasn’t been vaccinated to get the shot. 


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