Coronavirus outbreak in New York: 5 takeaways


Weather: The rain will gradually decrease, but the temperature will drop by the mid-1950s by mid-afternoon.

Parking on the alternate side: In effect until Saturday (Diwali).

New York City is once again at a critical juncture.

The seven-day average rate of positive test results is steadily increasing. That rate was 2.52% on Wednesday – a figure last seen in early June. Hospitalizations and virus deaths have also increased, according to city data.

As numbers increase in the five boroughs, Mayor Bill de Blasio written on twitter: “This is our LAST chance to stop a second wave. “

Here are five takeaways from a regional increase in cases:

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday ordered the start of a series of statewide restrictions on Friday.

The governor said private indoor and outdoor gatherings would be limited to 10 people, and gyms, bars and restaurants were to close at 10 p.m. daily.

The borough’s seven-day positive test rate is the highest in the city, with two Staten Island zip codes topping 5%.

On Wednesday, Cuomo declared most of the borough a “yellow zone,” meaning that among other limitations, places of worship could only operate at 50 percent of their capacity.

Health officials did not say why specifically they were seeing more cases on Staten Island, where Republican leaders fought restrictions from Democrats who control the city.

Joseph Borelli, a Republican city councilor who represents Staten Island, suggested two factors: police and firefighters, many of whom live on the island, could catch the virus at work and bring it home; and its borough’s proximity to New Jersey, which was seeing a huge increase in cases.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has said he will close schools if the city exceeds a 3% positive test rate on a seven-day moving average. City hall officials told my colleague Eliza Shapiro this week that the mayor will keep his promise and that plans to reopen schools after a closure are underway.

But not everyone agrees with the possibility of a school closure, which would affect both staff members and the approximately 300,000 students who receive in-person training. Some parents have noted that the positivity rate in schools is very low – only 0.17 percent, according to the most recent data.

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There has been no sign of relief for the collapse of the New York real estate sales market. The drop has already cost the city and state more than $ 1.4 billion in lost tax revenue, according to a report released Thursday by the New York Real Estate Board.

The biggest declines in residential sales were in Manhattan, which also saw a drastic drop in average rental prices, down nearly 9% from the same period last year, according to broker Douglas Elliman . During the virus’ peak in New York City, many wealthy residents of the borough fled to suburbs and second homes.

New Jersey on Wednesday reported 3,078 new cases and 15 deaths linked to the virus. The state has an average seven-day positivity rate of 7.95%.

Starting today, restaurants and nightclubs are to end indoor service at 10 p.m., and high school sports teams are banned from attending tournaments out of state.

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In Newark, the state’s largest city, 19% of people tested over three days last week were infected with the virus. The mayor, Ras J. Baraka, has implemented a 9-hour weekday curfew for residents of three zip codes, and indoor and outdoor gatherings are limited to at least 10 people until December. Team sports are canceled and retirement homes cannot accept visitors for the next two weeks.

“I know we are all tired,” Baraka said in a statement, “but the virus is not. “

Matthew Haag contributed reporting.

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Dr Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease specialist, has won nationally and internationally acclaimed awards. But this week, he received an honor that struck particularly near his home, being named “Brooklyn Covid Hero”.

The award is part of a series curated by Borough President Eric L. Adams to thank Brooklynites who are going above and beyond during the pandemic.

“I thought it was extremely heroic of Dr. Fauci to challenge his boss, the President of the United States, and put the safety of the American people first,” Adams said in an interview.

In his acceptance speech Tuesday, Dr Fauci said, “Whenever people ask me how I stand with everything that is going on in Washington, I have two words for them: Brooklyn Loud.

Dr Fauci spent most of his childhood in South Brooklyn, first in Bensonhurst and later in Dyker Heights, where his parents owned a pharmacy. He was a graduate of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Academy in Brooklyn, Regis High School in Manhattan, and Cornell University School of Medicine.

“I’m a Brooklynite through and through,” Dr. Fauci said during the ceremony he attended virtually. He concluded with this message to New Yorkers: “A vaccine is on its way, folks, so hang in there, hang in there. We will overcome this together.

It’s Thursday – thanks to someone.

Dear Diary:

How refreshing it was to slip into a seat on an Amtrak train from Washington to New York on a hot summer day.

Not only was the car air conditioned, but in the seat next to me was a woman reading a newspaper and folding it into the right quarters as carefully as if she was origami.

We were silent for the first part of the trip until I gathered the courage to ask who had taught her this technique.

“My sixth grade teacher in a small town in Pennsylvania,” she said without hesitation. “She taught us to always read the left column first and fold it.”

I asked her why she would need to fold a newspaper this way in a small town where presumably there was a lot of elbow room.

She said her teacher had traveled to New York often and then taught the class what she observed there. She said she learned to tie scarves the same way.

– Patty then

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