COVID NYC Update: 3 Brooklyn, Queens Hospitals See Increase in Coronavirus Patients

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NEW YORK CITY (WABC) – New data shows New York is starting to see a surge in COVID-19 patients at two hospitals in Brooklyn and at least one in Queens, the Department of Health and Mental hygiene. The increase matches the continued growth of cases at an alarming rate in eight wards.The health ministry says it has surpassed the city average by 3.3 times over the past 14 days, and these areas account for more than 23% of citywide news in the past two weeks, although they represent just under 7% of the city’s total population.

Gravesend / Homecrest (6,75%)
Medium wood (5.34%)
Kew Gardens (3,82%)
Edgemere / Far Rockaway (3,9%)
Borough Park (4,63%)
Bensonhurst / Mapleton (4,41%)
Plage de Gerritsen / Homecrest / Sheepshead Bay (3.91%)
Flatlands / median timber (3.85%)

In addition to these 8 postal codes, the City has identified 4 additional postal codes that show increased growth in cases and positivity tests between 2% and 3%, namely:

Rego Park (2,34%)
Kew Gardens Hills / Pomonok (2,71%)
Terrasse Kensington / Windsor (2,45%)
Brighton Beach / Manhattan Beach / Sheepshead Bay (2,74%)

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Three of the four areas above also increased the percentage of positive tests since the previous day, according to preliminary data.

Williamsburg remains an area where the City is seeing a faster increase in cases compared to other parts of the city, even though the test positivity rate is less than 3% (1.78%).

Health officials continue to monitor emergency room visits, hospitalizations and admissions to intensive care units.

On Saturday, the New York City Department of Health issued a commissioner’s order to eight non-public schools in the above areas.

Any school in these areas found to be non-compliant will be subject to an offense and risk being closed.

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The fine for violating a Commissioner’s order is $ 1,000.

“This is perhaps the most precarious position with COVID-19 that we have seen in months, and we must immediately take action to protect our communities,” said Dr Dave A. Chokshi, Commissioner for health. “Protection against COVID-19 requires a group response. It is essential for us to follow public health guidelines, especially Core 4: Wear headgear, keep your physical distance, keep your hands clean, and stay home if you are sick.

COVID-19 risk reduction measures for non-public schools include:

* All persons present on the school premises must remain at least 6 feet from each other at all times, except in an emergency or when it would create a safety hazard;

* Face covers are mandatory in school buildings at all times, except for people who cannot wear face coverings for developmental, medical or age reasons

* Coordination with the Department of Health and the Test + Trace Corps to identify, isolate and prevent the spread of COVID-19; and
* Following established protocols for the opening and closing of schools if a student or staff is confirmed with COVID-19, and excluding students and staff who show symptoms or are confirmed with COVID-19 or have been identified as close contact with someone with COVID-19.

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The postal codes under the Commissioner’s Order are:
11204 (Bensonhurst / Mapleton)
11223 (Gravesend / Homecrest)
11230 (midwood)
11691 (Edgemere / Far Rockaway)
11415 (Kew Gardens)
11219 (Borough Park)
11229 (plage de Gerritsen / Homecrest / Sheepshead Bay)
11210 (Flatlands / Midwood)

The ordinance went into effect on Friday.

Inspectors will visit non-public schools in covered postal codes to verify compliance.

The health department said it would share additional material over the weekend and post online to further help schools understand these requirements. Failure to do so could result in an offense punishable by a fine of $ 1,000.

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