Data shows higher coronavirus infection rate – and spread – in low-income and colored communities, says Cuomo


ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Governor Andrew Cuomo said the numbers of coronaviruses “are going in the right direction” but the data shows that most of the new cases come from low incomes and communities of color.
The data not only shows a high number of positive cases in these communities, but also that the spread continues in these communities, said the governor.

For example, in the Soundview / Bruckner section of the Bronx, the data shows that 38% of tests are positive, double the city average of 19.9%.


Cuomo said the state will develop targeted strategies for these communities. Northwell Health will expand its church screening partnerships to 44. SOMOS will open 28 test sites, with an emphasis on social housing locations.

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“I ask all local governments to do the same thing we did in New York. Focus on low-income communities, test and raise awareness, “said the governor. “That’s where the cases come from. That’s where the new hospitalizations come from. That’s what’s going on in the hospital system, and that’s where you’re going to see the greatest number of deaths. So that’s our challenge. “

Cuomo said the next step will be to get PPE, a hand sanitizer, and to promote the importance of social distance in these communities.

There were 112 additional daily deaths related to COVID-19 across the state.

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The governor said he was in dialogue with an interfaith advisory council on the possibility of parking or drive-in services.

Cuomo has repeatedly stressed the importance of wearing a mask or face covering in public.

“It turns out that this has enormous consequences. It’s amazing how effective this mask is, “said Cuomo.

He highlighted front-line workers who wear masks with a lower infection rate than the general public.

The governor announced the five finalists for a statewide PSA contest to encourage New Yorkers to wear a mask. People can vote for their choice by CLICKING HERE. Voting will be open until the end of Memorial Day weekend. The winner will be announced on May 26.


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