Newark’s COVID-19 positivity rate decreases

Mayor Ras Baraka says curfews and restrictions on businesses helped minimize spread of the virus

For the first time since the summer, Newark’s COVID-19 positivity rate is lower than the state’s. It’s down to 9.95%  based on a three-day rolling average that ended on Feb. 15. Meanwhile, the statewide average is 10.8%.

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka put in place curfews for city residents and harsher restrictions on businesses than the rest of the state following a 21% positivity rate in November, which at the time was nearly twice the state’s rate. The positivity rate in Newark’s East Ward was even higher, at 41%. Baraka says the restrictions worked, businesses have been able to increase indoor capacity and there’s been a big push to roll out vaccines to the community.

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