About 300,000 public elementary school students returned to class on Tuesday. Middle and high school students show up at the end of the week. About half of all families in public schools have opted for in-person learning and the other half have chosen to keep children at home for distance learning. So far, the teachers’ union said that more than 100 teachers and 10 students had tested positive.
Mayor de Blasio noted that nine postal codes are experiencing most of the increases. And on Wednesday, six of the nine continued to see increases.
On Tuesday, the mayor said the hospital had admitted 87 new patients, the threshold is 200. For new cases over an average of 7 days, the city was at 354 out of a threshold of 550.
Digging deeper into the numbers and areas that are experiencing an increase in COVID-19 cases, the mayor said neighborhoods accounted for 25% of all positive cases in the city.
– Gravesend / Homecrest 11223, 6,92%
– Midwood 11230, 5,64%
– Kew Gardens 11415, 3,31%
– Edgemere / Far Rockaway 11691, 4,91%
– Borough Park 11219, 6,23%
– Bensonhurst / Mapleton 11204, 6,05%
– Plage de Gerritsen / Homecrest / Sheepshead Bay 11229, 4.05%
– Flatlands / Midwood 11210, 4,73%
– Kew Gardens Hills / Pomonok 11367, 3,60%
The city says it is also watching:
– Rego Park 11374, 2,64%
– Terrasse Kensington / Windsor 11218, 2,72%
– Brighton Beach / Manhattan Beach / Sheepshead Bay 11235, 2,85%
– Williamsburg 11211, 11249, 1,89%
400 NYPD officers, 250 law enforcement officers and 300 members of the Test and Trace Corps will work to ensure residents of these neighborhoods wear masks and social distancing.
If efforts to enforce social distancing and wearing masks do not work, the mayor said more stringent measures will be taken, including shutting down non-essential businesses and banning public gatherings of more than 10 people.
“Nobody wants this to happen if it can be avoided,” de Blasio said.
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