Brooklyn Coronavirus Uptick ‘No Cluster Situation’ Says Mayor

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SUNSET PARK, BROOKLYN – An apparent increase in coronavirus cases in Sunset Park in Brooklyn does not appear to be a “cluster situation” after testing and traces in the neighborhood ramp up, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

The mayor said on Monday that thousands of tests carried out at Sunset Park in recent weeks reveal that specific households, rather than a cluster of neighborhoods, appear to be the cause of an increase in COVID-19 cases.The city has stepped up testing at Sunset Park after 228 of 3,300 tests in the past few weeks returned positive for the virus.

“We don’t see a cluster situation at this point in Sunset Park,” de Blasio said Monday. “We are seeing individual households with specific issues and these households are actively engaged to ensure that they quarantine that they separate safely. ”

The mayor said the city had tested 5,200 people since July 29 at Sunset Park, but did not specify the total number of positive cases revealed by the testing blitz.

Health officials have knocked on more than 7,300 doors and made 77,000 robocalls and 35,000 live calls in the neighborhood since announcing they would review the peak last Wednesday.

Residents of Sunset Park should still get tested to help health officials trace the virus, de Blasio said.

“If you live in Sunset Park and haven’t been tested yet, or haven’t been tested recently, please take advantage of these free tests – it will help us all,” he said on Monday.

These free tests include mobile test sites deployed last week in Sunset Park and tests available at the Brooklyn Army Terminal. Residents can take a shuttle to the military terminal from two blocks from Sunset Park.

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De Blasio also cautioned against residents of Sunset Park gathering in large groups. Over the weekend, two raves of more than 100 people were arrested in the neighborhood.

“This is simply unacceptable,” de Blasio said of illegal parties. “You can’t have a big rally that will endanger people’s lives or you will suffer the consequences. ”

This story will be updated with more details from the health department as they become available.

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