Transportation leaders from across region join MTA mask task force, city expands testing capacity – CBS New York

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The number of people testing positive for the coronavirus in New York continues to rise.The statewide infection rate is 3.18% and 2.74% in the city.

As COVID infections increase, region’s transportation leaders, including Philadelphia, are joining the masked force of the MTA.

From now on, on all modes of transport in our region, volunteers, public transport employees and police will distribute masks free of charge. (Credit: CBS2)

“In the subway, this is really where I feel the most uncomfortable, because there is really no way to really keep me safe,” said cyclist Elizabeth Blank.

From now on, on all modes of transport in our region, volunteers, public transport employees and police will distribute masks free of charge.

According to the MTA, despite tens of thousands of interactions with runners so far, only a handful of fines of $ 50 have been issued for non-compliance.

“Our goal is not to generate income or issue invitations. Our goal is for people to wear masks appropriately, ”said MTA President and CEO Pat Foye.

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Tuesday’s infection rate is still just below the 3% threshold that triggers further trade restrictions and school closures.

As a result, schools will remain open on Wednesday and city leaders are in talks with the state to make it so, even as the rate of positivity across the city continues to rise.

The line ran down the block to a new rapid test site on Northern Boulevard in Queens, where results are delivered within minutes with contact tracing. (Credit: CBS2)

“We want to know how to leverage the strength of schools. They have been incredibly safe, ”said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The city continues to expand its testing capacity.

The line ran down the block to a new rapid test site on Northern Boulevard in Queens, where results are delivered within minutes with contact tracing.

“Every site where we use rapid tests, we now incorporate expedited contact tracing,” said Dr. Ted Long, executive director of Test and Trace Corps.

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The infection rate in the city is not increasing at the same rate as in the rest of the country, but there is still cause for concern as the holidays approach and the colder weather is starting to set in.

The NYPD says it won’t break up non-compliant Thanksgiving family gatherings, but you’re encouraged to keep it very small and if you have visitors, wear masks as much as possible indoors.

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