NYC ‘On The Edge Of A Precipice’ As Coronavirus Cases Rise, Says Former CDC Director

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Coronavirus infection rates in the New York City area continue to climb well above other parts of the state just days after indoor dining halls reopened and more students returned to theaters classroom for in-person learning.New York responds to growing clusters of coronavirus cases in 20 “hotspot” zip codes that report positivity rates, or the number of tests coming back positive, as high as 18%, based on a weekly average, according to a Government Office statement from Andrew Cuomo on Saturday.

More than half of the hotspot postal codes come from Kings and Queens counties, located in the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens in New York City. Two other counties slightly north of New York City – Rockland and Orange – make up the remaining hotspot areas.

Although the top 20 zip codes are home to 6.7% of the state’s population, they accounted for 26% of Friday’s new Covid-19 cases, Cuomo said. The average rate of positivity among them is 5.2% – well above the 1% rate for the rest of the state.

“So my message to New Yorkers is to stay vigilant and my message to local governments is to enforce. We can beat this thing if we work together and stay in New York Tough, ”Cuomo said in the statement.

Dr Tom Frieden, the former director of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under President Barack Obama, warned on Twitter Saturday that New York is “on the brink of a precipice” and that it is “at high risk of Covid resurgence ”. ”

New York state reported a record 134,267 Covid-19 tests on Friday and health officials will step up testing efforts in hotspot zip codes, the statement said.

The surge in the number of Covid-19 cases is a worrying sign for the state just days after indoor meals resumed in the Big Apple on Wednesday and the city’s public schools fired their latest group of students in class for in-person learning Thursday.

Cuomo said Tuesday that many of the reported clusters are in zip codes that “overlap” with large Orthodox Jewish communities. The governor’s warning to the religious community comes amid the Jewish holy days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, which began in mid-September, and just before Sukkot, another celebrated Jewish holiday that began on Friday.

“It’s a concern for their community, a public health concern for their community. It is also a public health concern for surrounding communities, ”Cuomo said Tuesday. “A cluster today can be a broadcasting community tomorrow. “

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