Sunset Park Sees Rise in COVID-19 Cases; NYC to expand reach and test in the neighborhood


SUNSET PARK, Brooklyn – As New York City continues to fight the spread of COVID-19, expanded testing will be available in a Brooklyn neighborhood after reporting an increase in confirmed cases.There will be expanded outreach in the Sunset Park neighborhood starting Wednesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said as he urged New Yorkers to get tested.

“It will actually be an example of how we keep this infection rate low. By getting heavily involved in communities, making sure people know the tests are free and available, telling everyone you need to get tested, and monitoring these results on a constant basis. ” he said.

The rise is a very limited number of cases, but the mayor hopes to target and mitigate the spread, according to de Blasio.

The mayor announced an extended hyperlocal response to Sunset Park, which includes live calls, robocalls and knocking on all doors.

More than 3,300 New Yorkers have been tested at Sunset Park in the past two weeks, said Dr Dave Chokshi, health commissioner.

As of July 29, 104 confirmed cases have been reported, according to Test and Trace Corps fairness manager Annabel Palma.

Of those confirmed cases, 80 of them completed their admissions process and 130 contacts were received – 82% of them were living under the same roof as the person who tested positive, Palma added.

To further increase the testing capacity, two mobile test units will be installed in the area, which will be able to perform 80 to 100 tests per day:

  • Corner of 44th Street and Sixth Avenue in Brooklyn
    • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Available from Wednesday August 12 to August 15 and from August 17 to August 21.
  • NOYAU: Brooklyn Herald Gospel Center (809 44th St.)
    • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Available Saturday and Sunday (August 15 and 16)

Starting Monday, the city will expand rapid point-of-service testing at the Brooklyn Army Terminal.
“The Sunset Park community will be seeing more of us in the days to come,” Chokshi said.


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