COVID New York: Clusters continue to grow in state, Governor Cuomo warns

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NEW YORK (WABC) – On Thursday, the average positivity rate in 20 New York zip codes rose to 6.5%, up one point from Wednesday. The areas of Brooklyn and Rockland County saw the largest increases, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. “These 20 hot spots require comprehensive attention, efficiency and action,” the governor said.Parts of Brooklyn have an average 8% positivity rate. In Rockland County, it can reach 16%, but the sample size is smaller.

The growth of COVID-19 clusters in large Orthodox Jewish communities could spread more widely if not quickly contained, Governor Cuomo warned.

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Cuomo called on the local government to target the clusters.

“A cluster today can be a community spread tomorrow,” Cuomo said.

Without the hotspot zip codes, the state would be 0.98% positivity, but including the hotspot zip codes, the state has a 1.2% positivity.

20 zip codes account for 26% of all cases in the state, although they only represent 6% of the population.

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