New York City's coronavirus case metrics are "cause for concern," Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Wednesday, as the city reported 628 new cases on a seven-day average.
"Again, this case number is going up and that’s a concern," de Blasio said. "Some of that explained by the hot spots in Brooklyn and Queens, some of that explained by greatly expanded testing."
Mayor de Blasio said 114 people with Covid 19 had been admitted to hospitals in the city -- a "much higher number than we’ve seen typically."
"That’s cause for concern," he said, adding: "We’re keeping a close eye on that."
The percentage of people who tested positive for Covid-19 city-wide is at 1.54%, according to de Blasio, with the 7-day rolling average at 1.74%.
"To the extent we stabilize around that level, that's something we can handle for now, but again that's not where we want to be for the long term," he said of the 7-day rolling average.
New York City has recorded a total of 257,613 coronavirus cases, 19,363 confirmed deaths and 4,658 "probable deaths" related to Covid-19, according to the latest data published Tuesday by the city's public health agency.