Covid Cases are on the rise again in America. This time with the highly contagious and more vaccine-resistant omicron sub-variant.
New York City is back to CDC's high risk area for COVID spread as of Friday July 8th. Westchester County was also added to the list. The increase in infections is considered the "worst version" of omicron that we've had, leading the a 6th wave of the virus.
What is causing the rise in COVID cases? The scientists believe the sub-variants of Omicron are 4.2 times more vaccine-evasive than previous variants and more likely to be transmissible.
The CDC has placed all five boroughs in the high-risk category which means face masks are recommended for everyone indoors and in public places no matter if you are vaccinated or not. Some neighborhoods in Manhattan and Queens are seeing 25% positivity rates.
As of today, July 8th, more than a fifth of all U.S. Counties are at high risk for COVID by the CDC which is an increase of 70% in the last two weeks. All five boroughs of NYC and Westchester County are now included in this list while Suffolk County just recently downgraded to medium risk after last week.