Part of southern BK will be the site of the COVID-19 cluster


The city declared a coronavirus cluster site on Tuesday after half a dozen neighborhoods recorded increases in recent days, health ministry officials said.Officials refer to an increase in cases in Borough Park, Midwood and Bensonhurst as “The Ocean Parkway Cluster” due to the particularly rapid increase in fares over the past three weeks. This group accounted for 20% of all new COVID-19s across the city last week.

Other neighborhoods with alarming increases in positivity rates include Williamsburg in Brooklyn, Kew Gardens, and Far Rockaway in Queens.

“At this point, these increases could potentially evolve into more widespread community transmission and spread to other neighborhoods unless action is taken,” health officials said in a press release.

Mayor Bill de Blasio referred to the increase during his daily press briefing Tuesday morning but did not specify the source of the cases. In recent months, the city has reported other increases linked to large gatherings – including a large wedding that took place in Borough Park, which has resulted in more than a dozen cases of the virus in that neighborhood.

City officials said on Tuesday that the city will launch a hyper-local outreach effort to ensure people are tested. Neighborhoods, which also include large Orthodox Jewish communities, have been among the hardest hit by the virus. During his press conference on Tuesday, de Blasio did not say whether the rise in cases was linked to a specific activity or event, but he stressed that large-scale gatherings like weddings and religious activities are still banned. .


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