NYC Implements Coronavirus Checkpoints

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NEW YORK CITY – New York City will have checkpoints to prevent potential carriers of the novel coronavirus from entering the five boroughs, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Wednesday.The sheriff’s office and Test + Trace will take over the bridges, tunnels and stations watchdog initiative in an attempt to stop what some New Yorkers believe is an “inevitable second wave,” de Blasio said.

“We don’t want to penalize people,” de Blasio said. “We want to make sure they play by the rules. ”

The program will impose two-week quarantines for 35 states with high rates of COVID-19, such as Governor Andrew Cuomo’s tenure, and those violating the quarantine could face fines of up to $ 10,000, the said. mayor.

Sheriff’s office units will make random stops to remind travelers of the rules and Test + Trace will follow to ensure people in quarantine have the resources they need, New York Sheriff Joseph Fucito said.

About 20% of new COVID-19 cases in New York City are people who arrived from outside the five boroughs, said Dr. Ted Long, chief of Test + Trace.

“It’s a new approach,” de Blasio said. “If you come here, please respect what the good people of this town have done. ”

New York’s COVID-19 tracking indicators on Wednesday showed a positive test rate of 2%, 286 ICU patients and 66 new cases, de Blasio said.

De Blasio said New Yorkers shouldn’t expect to return to the gym this month, calling indoor workouts a “post-Labor Day reality.”

New York state’s moratorium on evictions expires on Wednesday and de Blasio urged New Yorkers facing an eviction to call 311 to connect with mediation and legal services.

“I think we need a bigger solution here,” de Blasio said. “Until then, the city will always be there for people in any way it can. ”

The mayor also clarified his role in the sudden resignation of health commissioner Dr Oxiris Barbot, who was once among the city’s top Latin officials and who also raised concerns about an inevitable second wave.

“I determined that it was important to have new leadership,” said de Blasio. “Sometimes things don’t work out. ”

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