Cases increasing at “alarming rate” as some neighborhoods exceed 6% positivity, city says

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NEW YORK CITY – COVID-19 cases “continue to grow at an alarming rate” in 10 neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens, topping the city 3.7 times in the past 14 days, the Department of Justice said on Wednesday. health.The 10 neighborhoods identified by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene are the only neighborhoods in the city that have a positivity level above 3%.

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The areas identified are in central Queens, Far Rockaway and southern Brooklyn.

Les 10 quartiers comprennent Edgemere / Far Rockaway, Gravesend / Homecrest, Midwoon, Borough Park, Bensonhurst / Mapleton, Gerritsen Beach / Homecrest / Sheepshead Bay, Flatlands / Midwood, Kew Gardens, Kew Gardens Hills / Pomonok et Fresh Meadows / Hillcrest.

Of these neighborhoods, three have positivity rates above 6%, each in southern Brooklyn.

For reference, a city’s public schools will close if the percentage of positive tests in the city reaches 3% overall.

Five of the identified neighborhoods have seen increases from Tuesday’s report, based on preliminary data, and account for more than a quarter of the city’s cases, though they represent less than an eighth of the city’s population. city.

The department has also identified seven additional neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Central Queens with increased case growth and a positivity rate of between 2% and 3%. Neighborhoods include Kensington / Windsor Terrace, Brighton Beach / Manhattan Beach / Sheepshead Bay, the eastern part of Crown Heights, Rego Park and Hillcrest / Jamaica Estates / Jamaica Hills. A Williamsburg cluster includes Williamsburg and East Williamsburg, as well as Bedford-Stuyvesant, the western part of Clinton Hill and Fort Greene, depending on how the department organizes cases.

On Wednesday, the city reminded residents to wear face masks, wash their hands frequently and thoroughly and use hand sanitizer, maintain social distancing and stay home if you are sick.

Plus, the tests are free for all New Yorkers, whether or not you have symptoms – so get tested, the city says.

The city also reminded New Yorkers to pray safely and to avoid large gatherings.

“If your place of worship has reopened, wear a face mask, don’t share chalices or utensils, and avoid close contact with others, including shaking hands and hugs – wave your hand instead. If you sing, you must stay at least 12 feet apart. others. ”

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Eleven new mobile test units will move to the necessary areas, of which at least five will move to the boroughs with clusters.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has spoken with leaders of the Orthodox Jewish community to develop a plan to tackle neighborhoods across the state that are experiencing an increase in COVID-19 cases.

Leaders of the Orthodox Jewish community are expected to meet with state health commissioner Dr Howard Zucker to draft an action plan to encourage neighborhoods, especially in “hotspot zip codes” where cases increase, follow coronavirus restrictions and dispel misinformation.

Cuomo said Jewish leaders had come up with several theories as to why members of these communities did not follow coronavirus rules, including belief in collective immunity, in the wake of the president’s anti-mask rhetoric Donald Trump and the lack of enforcement of local governments.

The governor argued that the state had passed the stage of education and had to enforce COVID-19 policies.

In an attempt to combat the recent surge, New York City health officials are spearheading new plans of action, including organizing “block parties,” which convert streets and sidewalks into sites of test and give results within 24 hours. Self-administered tests in high traffic areas, including schools, religious institutions, and grocery stores, would also provide results within 48 hours, and rapid point-of-care testing devices would also be provided to Health + facilities. Hospitals in sensitive areas.



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