NEW YORK — The delta variant is now the dominant COVID-19 strain in New York City. 

Data shows the highly transmissible variant accounts for 83% of all sampled positive cases.

This means the city is now considered a "high transmission" area according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. 

The CDC recommends COVID-19 hot spots take precautionary measures, such as an indoor mask guidance.

Vaccinations have seen a 40% increase this past week. 

City officials have also announced several measures to deal with the rise in cases including a rule that requires proof of vaccination from employees and those entering indoor restaurants, gyms and performances starting mid-September.