COVID Updates: New York Reports Increase in Staten Island Coronavirus Cases


NEW YORK (WABC) – New York City reports an increase in COVID-19 cases in Staten Island. City officials said the spike is affecting two main zip codes, 10305 and 10314, and that a test will be set up at the Staten Island ferry terminal in the coming days.A rapid test will be available, with results in 15 minutes, and contact tracing will be on hand for any positive test. There won’t be any setbacks for business at this time, but Mayor Bill de Blasio said it was possible if the hyper local response didn’t work. “We’re seeing the kind of increase we’re concerned about, which requires the kind of hyper local response that we’ve used successfully in Sunset Park, Soundview and South East Queens,” he said. “We will also apply this to Staten Island. ”

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Oxford Vaccine
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New travel rules come into effect
New York State’s new travel entry rules came into effect on Wednesday. Under the new system, people must get tested within three days of arrival. Then they must quarantine themselves for at least three days.
On the fourth day, they have to take another test. The rules replace the requirement to quarantine for 14 days.

Murphy says NJ is going in the “wrong direction”
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy on Wednesday announced 2,472 new positive cases and 9 additional deaths, with a positivity rate of 8.22%. “We haven’t come out of the woods on COVID people,” Murphy said. “Another bad day of numbers. This is going in the wrong direction, and we’re going to have to stick together. And by the way, that should be the ultimate bipartisan responsibility. And I promise you, I know that’s exactly how we’re going to deal with it. ”

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