NYC threatens to CLOSE nonessential businesses in neighborhoods where COVID-19 cases are on the rise

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The New York Department of Health has threatened to crack down on six neighborhoods where COVID-19 cases are on the rise, with those clusters now accounting for 20% of all new infections in the Big Apple.

Officials also threatened to ban gatherings of more than 10 people and to double fines for those who refused to wear a mask from Tuesday if the situation in sensitive areas did not improve over the weekend. .

Midwood, Borough Park, Bensonhurst, and South Williamsburg in Brooklyn, as well as Far Rockaway and Kew Gardens in Queens, now account for 20% of all new infections in the Big Apple.

“If the indicators continue to rise, there must be additional enforcement action,” the department said.

“For the first time in the city’s recovery period, there could be an immediate reduction in activity in these zip codes if progress is not made by Monday evening.

The increase in cases in those six neighborhoods has so far not caused a spike in average weekly trends in infections in New York City. There has been a slight increase in daily COVID-19 cases in the city over the past two weeks, but the average rate of positive tests remains at 1%

While the overall positive rate is low city-wide, rates in all six neighborhoods are considerably higher: Midwood (12%), Borough Park (15%), Bensonhurst (14%) and South Williamsburg (8%), as well as Queens' Far Rockaway (14%) and Kew Gardens (11%)

While the overall positive rate is low city-wide, rates in all six neighborhoods are considerably higher: Midwood (12%), Borough Park (15%), Bensonhurst (14%) and South Williamsburg (8%), as well as Queens’ Far Rockaway (14%) and Kew Gardens (11%)

The increase in cases in those six neighborhoods has so far not caused a spike in average weekly trends in infections in New York City.

There has been a slight increase in daily cases of COVID-19 in the city over the past two weeks.

The average rate of positive tests in the city – which was once the epicenter of the virus – still remains at 1%, which has been stable since mid-June.

While the overall positive rate is low city-wide, rates in all six neighborhoods are considerably higher: Midwood (12%), Borough Park (15%), Bensonhurst (14%) and South Williamsburg (8%), as well as Queens’ Far Rockaway (14%) and Kew Gardens (11%).

Mayor Bill de Blasio also spoke of the worrying situation, stating: “We have a lot to do because we are seeing a sharp rise in several neighborhoods simultaneously and this is something we need to address with a very aggressive public health effort. right now. “

In the meantime, agents from the Department of Health are deployed to the areas to distribute face masks and hand sanitizer.

Mobile test sites will also be set up.

The average rate of positive tests in the city - which was once the epicenter of the virus - still remains at 1%, which has been stable since mid-June. Parts of Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx have the city's highest case rates

The average rate of positive tests in the city – which was once the epicenter of the virus – still remains at 1%, which has been stable since mid-June. Parts of Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx have the city’s highest case rates

The New York City Department of Health has threatened to shut down non-essential businesses in six neighborhoods where cases of COVID-19 are on the rise. Mayor Bill de Blasio called the hike serious

The New York City Department of Health has threatened to shut down non-essential businesses in six neighborhoods where cases of COVID-19 are on the rise. Mayor Bill de Blasio called the hike serious

The affected neighborhoods are all home to large Orthodox Jewish populations, but the mayor of Blasio did not choose these communities for the peak.

Meanwhile, Dr Mitchell Katz, head of the city’s public hospital system, said health officials were meeting with religious leaders in hard-hit neighborhoods, making robocalls in English and Yiddish and sending sound trucks. flood the streets with messages about virus directives.

There has been a slight increase in coronavirus cases in New York state with 986 new cases reported on September 19, the highest number of daily infections since early June.

The number of daily infections was 955 on Thursday.

Despite the slight increase, the overall infection rate remains low statewide.

It is down from the roughly 10,000 New Yorkers who tested positive for COVID-19 in April.

While the overall infection rate remains low, the city reported 986 new cases of the virus on September 19 - the highest daily infection rate since early June. Residents are seen in Manhattan that day

While the overall infection rate remains low, the city reported 986 new cases of the virus on September 19 – the highest daily infection rate since early June. Residents are seen in Manhattan that day

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