BROOKLYN, NY – Accelerated testing and tracing in two Brooklyn neighborhoods where health officials feared a coronavirus spike revealed a “better picture” of the rise, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday.
Sunset Park’s infection rate at one point was close to 7 percent.
“We’re seeing a more complete picture, and it’s a better picture,” de Blasio said. “These additional tests allowed us to get a more complete picture and to encourage people who needed a safe separation to do so. “
City officials knocked on 16,700 doors in Sunset Park and administered 8,500 coronavirus tests in the neighborhood after first noticing a “red flag” of 228 positive cases in early August.
The testing blitz quickly revealed that specific households, rather than a cluster of neighborhoods, were the cause of the rise, officials said.
A similar ramp-up of Test and Trace is still underway in Borough Park, where a slight increase of 16 cases linked largely to a local wedding was found last week.
De Blasio said on Wednesday that more positive cases had been found since the testing blitz, but the infection rate was still 2.5%.
“We are seeing results that give us comfort,” said de Blasio. “The testing and tracing effort goes deeper into this community. “