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New York Cuts Back Covid Testing Amid US Summer Surge in Cases

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A mobile testing site at New York’s Washington Square
A mobile testing site at New York’s Washington SquarePhotographer: Ismail Ferdous/Bloomberg
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New York City is scaling back on Covid-19 testing sites despite omicron subvariants that are driving a nationwide rise in new case and hospitalization rates.

The city’s public health system has been shutting down hundreds of testing sites as public attention to the virus fades, according to its website. Meanwhile, the rate of positive results to total tests, an indicator of the speed of spread, rose to 15.4% this week, about four times what it was in April.