Coronavirus Updates: New York Sheriffs Interrupt Another Illicit Indoor Party, Finding 192 People Inside

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This is our daily update of the latest COVID-19 news for Sunday September 26, 2020. Previous Daily Updates can be found here, and updated statistics are here.New York is in Phase 4 reopening now, including zoos, botanical gardens, museums, and gymnasiums. A glance to prepare for the spread of the coronavirus is here, and if you have lingering questions about the virus, here is our Coronavirus FAQs regularly updated. Here are some local and national hotlines for more information: NYC: 311; New York State Hotline: 888-364-3065; NJ State Hotline: 800-222-1222.

Here is the latest:

The New York City Sheriff’s Office has once again dispersed yet another illicit rally in Queens, finding 192 revelers on the premises of a Queens apartment building. The discovery comes just over a day after officers broke up two separate large gatherings that are considered illegal during the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Sheriff Joe Fucito, head of the sheriff’s office, the deputies arrived at 46-08 Boulevard Kissena in Flushing just after midnight. MPs spotted illegal alcohol sales there, Fucito added.

“The deputy sheriffs observed many rooms occupied by customers drinking alcoholic beverages, smoking, not wearing masks and not being socially distanced,” Fucito said.

The club owner and an employee were arrested, issued court appearance tickets and released. Owner charges include selling alcohol without a license, employing an unauthorized security guard, and obstructing visibility of the premises by covering windows. The employee, who is believed to be a security guard, was accused of not attending security training. Both have been accused of violating Mayor Bill de Blasio’s executive order banning such gatherings.

A phone number listed for the business was not working.

This is the third raid the Sheriffs have had to blow up in Queens in the past two days. On Friday night, MPs interrupted a party packed with 284 guests in a dining hall in Maspeth. In Woodside, 78 people were found in a karaoke bar by MPs, who ordered guests to disperse.

The news also comes as the city tries to bring down alarmingly rising COVID-19 rates in parts of Brooklyn and Queens.


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People line up for free food outside a New York City school in August.

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State sees slight increase in COVID-19 rates, but remain relatively low

13 h 20 The state’s positive COVID-19 rate showed a slight increase to 1.02% on Saturday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Sunday.

There were 866 new cases reported in the state from 44 counties, bringing the total to 455,626 cases.

Six people died from COVID-19 statewide on Saturday, including two in the Bronx and one in Manhattan.

“COVID-19 remains a force to be reckoned with across the country and around the world, and we cannot let our guard down. While our numbers remain relatively stable, we continue to monitor the data closely on a daily basis as always, ”Cuomo said in a statement. Sunday. “I urge New Yorkers to continue to wear masks, to distance themselves socially and to wash their hands, and local governments must continue to enforce state public health guidelines. By staying vigilant and smart, we can beat COVID together.

There were 541 hospital patients, an increase of 14 from Friday; 88 newly admitted patients and 155 remaining in intensive care, a decrease of nine patients from Friday. There were 59 patients in the intensive care units with intubations, showing a decrease of 16 from Friday.

On Saturday, the New York City Department of Health warned that several zip codes in Brooklyn and Queens had high rates of coronavirus positivity of over 3% – well above the 1% positivity rate in all the city.

Take-out program to change hours during the school year

The city’s take-out program to feed hungry New Yorkers will change once the school year begins in earnest next week. Given concerns about the spread of COVID-19 in schools, the education ministry said the changes are intended to ensure that “adults are not in buildings to receive food at the same time as the teaching of pupils ”.

Starting September 29, the program will now distribute meals from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday on school days only, depending on the city. Public schools will be closed on Monday, September 28, on the occasion of Yom Kippur.

Multiple meals can be obtained at once, and there are dedicated kosher locations and halal options. The program is open to everyone – no registration or ID is required.

Locations are also being moved to 200 sites instead of each public school.

Check out the list of pickup locations here: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/food/free-meals

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