New York City’s COVID positivity rate tops 14% as summer wave arrives
A sign alerts people to a COVID-19 testing site in Times Square on May 3, 2022, in New York City. - Spencer Platt/Getty Images North America/TNS

NEW YORK — It just won’t leave us alone. As New York enters its third pandemic summer, the city has been caught in another COVID-19 wave, with an explosively contagious omicron strain pushing test positivity rates to steep heights. On Wednesday, the weeklong positivity rate across the five boroughs had reached 14% and eclipsed 20% in parts of Staten Island, southern Brooklyn, Queens, upper Manhattan and the eastern Bronx, according to city data. Death rates remain low, limited by widespread vaccination, but the latest heinous, hyper-mutated subvariant to vex the globe, BA.5, appears to have se...