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City officials are focusing on a list of groups of concern:
- Gravesend / Homecrest – 6.42% infection rate
- Midwood – 5.05% infection rate
- Kew Gardens – 4.18% infection rate
- Edgemere / Far Rockaway – infection rate 4.05%
- Borough Park – 3.9% infection rate
- Bensonhurst / Mapleton – 3.45% infection rate
- Gerritsen Beach / Homecrest / Sheepshead Bay – 3.34% infection rate
- Flatlands / Midwood – 3.1% infection rate
Most of the reported COVID clusters are in the Brooklyn and Queens neighborhoods that are home to Orthodox Jewish communities, some of which feel unfairly targeted by the city’s intervention. But local leaders echo the safety precautions.
“I urge each of you to be vigilant about mask wearing and social distancing,” Councilor Chaim Deutsch said.
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Health officials traveled to communities with high infection rates on Friday to reiterate the importance of wearing masks and social distancing.
“We know the rates are three times higher, and then when we drive through the neighborhood, we see that people don’t respect. So we know the transmission is going on, ”said Dr. Mitch Katz, CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals.
Mobile test sites are set up in the neighborhoods. Non-public schools will undergo regular inspections.
The city’s health department said non-public schools that failed to comply with “harm reduction” measures could be fined $ 1,000 and forced to close. They include mandatory social distancing, face blankets, coordinating with the Department of Health to identify positive cases, and requiring students and staff with symptoms to stay home.
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Police Commissioner Dermot Shea plans to strengthen the application of masks and social distancing within the clusters.
If there isn’t enough compliance in all areas, city officials have said all non-essential businesses in those areas could be ordered to shut down.
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