It comes as some residents call their neighbors online.
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A cell phone video captured people crowded into 58th Street in Borough Park on Tuesday evening.
One participant said hundreds of people escorted the Torah to the synagogue as part of a religious celebration.
The participant says masks have been distributed, but it is unclear how many were worn.
COVID cases in Borough Park are on the rise and the city has promised more enforcement, but there was no response on Tuesday night.
“The inability of the local government to enforce the law has exacerbated this problem,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
For nearly a week, health officials have raised concerns about communities in a dozen postcodes in southern Brooklyn and Queens.
Many are home to large Orthodox Jewish communities which Councilor Chaim Deutsch says have been unfairly targeted.
“No one should be singled out, and it should not be a targeted app, an aggressive app, or a specific education community,” Deutsch said.
Deutsch handed out masks to its Sheepshead Bay district office on Wednesday.
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Health officials say while compliance improves through education, in most hot spots the infection rate continues to rise.
“Nearly 1,000 city employees will be present in these target postal codes for the distribution of masks, information and, if necessary, compliance work,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Valentina Lopez from Commonpoint Queens got the message across, especially encouraging people to get tested as more sites are now open.
“A lot of people will come and see me and tell me how much does it cost?” How much does a mask cost? How much to be tested? I say, no, it’s totally free, ”Lopez told CBS2’s Aundrea Cline-Thomas.
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Most New Yorkers haven’t had the coronavirus, which means herd immunity is still a long way off.
This is part of the misinformation that health educators are trying to deal with because this virus continues to pose a dangerous threat.
Health officials say this disease has not changed; it’s still fatal.
Everyone, whether you have symptoms or not, is encouraged to get tested.
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