NEW YORK – New York City is stepping up its COVID-19 testing efforts in Sunset Park, Brooklyn after an alarming increase in cases, as the city continues to prepare to send thousands of children back to school.
City officials say 228 people or 6.7% of the 3,300 people they tested for the coronavirus came back positive. Now, they’ll start making robocalls, knocking on doors, and posting flyers around the neighborhood to let people know about the increase in cases and urge them to get tested.
“Our idea is to saturate Sunset Park over the next few days, literally reaching every member of the community, we can possibly get as many people tested as possible as quickly as possible,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Hyper-local testing sites have been set up in the neighborhood to prevent a resurgence of the disease.
The Tremont section of the Bronx and The Rockaways in Queens are also on the list of neighborhoods in the city to focus on.
Most concerning for residents, however, is that the city says it doesn’t know why there has been a sudden spike in cases. City officials say they hope to compile data and provide more answers in the coming weeks.
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