This story was reported by Matthew Chayes, Bart Jones, Carl MacGowan, Antonio Planas, David Reich-Hale is Joie Tyrrell. It was written by Jones.
New York is facing the most severe resurgence of COVID-1
The daily level of New York City residents testing positive for the coronavirus surpassed 3 percent “for the first time in months,” led by spikes in nine postcodes in Brooklyn and Queens, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday.
Starting immediately, failure to use a mask in those zip codes will subject the offender to a fine if the person refuses to do so when offered by a city police officer, he said.
The level of infection has risen to an average of 5 percent in “hot spots,” compared with the statewide positivity rate of about 1 percent, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said.
The hot spots also include parts of Rockland and Orange counties, he said. “This is probably the largest group we’ve dealt with before,” Cuomo said at a press conference in Manhattan. “These are embers starting to catch fire in the dry grass. Send all equipment and firefighters to those embers and put out the embers right away.”
Cuomo indicated that much of the outbreak is concentrated in Orthodox Jewish communities, after health officials in New York City, along with some Jewish doctors on Long Island, expressed concern over the disrespect for mask-wearing rules and of social distancing. He said he plans to meet with religious leaders and public officials in the affected areas.
“If you look at those groups and look at those postal codes, you will see that there is an overlap with the large Orthodox Jewish communities,” he said. “And that’s a fact.”
Sound the alarm
City and state officials have provided different numbers on the rise in infection level in New York City, because they monitor test results differently. While the city cited a high 3.25 percent positive rate for Sunday, the state measured that day’s positive rate for the city at 1.6 percent of people tested.
Avery Cohen, a spokesperson for de Blasio, later explained that the city was reporting the results for the samples collected that day, while the state was reporting the test results received that day that could have originated on different days.
The state reported New York City’s positivity rate to 1.3% on Tuesday for the previous day’s test results.
The states / regions in red are included in the New York travel advice list as of September 29, 2020. Guam and Puerto Rico, not pictured, are also on the list.
In any case, officials across the board sounded the alarm about what is the most serious threat to New York to date while maintaining some of the lowest infection rates in the country, months after it was the epicenter of the pandemic in the states. United.
“Attack these clusters,” Cuomo said, again criticizing local governments for what he called their inability to sufficiently enforce state laws aimed at curbing the virus. It also repeated its offer to send 200 rapid test machines to key neighborhoods.
“Test and compliance, test and compliance and the discipline, skill and competence to do it. Do your job. You have your job, do it,” he said. “Why? The cluster today can be spread to the community tomorrow.”
De Blasio has threatened to impose stricter measures in clustered neighborhoods – including shutting down non-essential businesses and banning most meetings – if the level of infection continues to rise.
While Cuomo said he doesn’t believe “we’re about to undo anything,” he added that “if local governments don’t comply and attack the cluster, you’ll be there in the near future.”
De Blasio said public schools would close if the seven-day contagion rate reached or exceeded a 3% moving average. The current rate is 1.38%.
Clusters make up 25% of cases
Clusters represent 25% of city cases, even if the people who live there represent only 7% of the population.
Some of the postcodes – there are about 150 in the city – have large Orthodox Jewish populations, the city had pointed out, although Dr. Mitch Katz, head of the city’s public hospital system, said he believes there was increasing compliance during on weekends and during the Yom Kippur festival, one of the busiest days of worship.
“Several leaders reported that everyone in their synagogues wore a mask and that people kept their distance,” Katz said.
Cuomo said on Tuesday that “these public health rules apply to all religions” and noted that, even though he is a Roman Catholic, he canceled this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade due to the threat of the spread of the virus.
“Wearing the mask is a state law. It’s a law. It’s not, ‘It would be nice if you could,'” he said.
Overall, the positivity rate in New York is 1.3 percent, although it drops to 1.1 percent if “hot spots” aren’t included, Cuomo said. Two state residents died from coronavirus-related causes on Monday, while 1,198 new cases of the virus were confirmed through tests.
The state on Tuesday added Colorado to the list of states and territories from which travelers must quarantine here for 14 days upon arrival due to the high levels of coronavirus infection in those areas. Arizona and Virginia have been removed from the list, which has 33 states and territories.
On Monday, agents from the State Liquor Authority and state police inspected 1,075 companies and issued a summons to three of them for violating laws aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus.
The state suspended the alcohol licenses of 16 other bars or restaurants due to violations. They make four on Long Island: Giorgio’s Catering in Calverton; Vintage Sports Bar in Wantagh; Prohibition in Massapequa Park and Patio Italian Kitchen in Saint James.
Long Island hospitals and schools
Meanwhile, Northwell Health said Tuesday that it has 94 COVID-19 patients in the 19 hospitals it owns and manages, ranging from 65 to 95 patients reported in the past two months.
Local schools also continued to report cases. An individual at East Broadway Elementary School in Seaford tested positive for COVID-19, a spokesperson for the Levittown School District confirmed Tuesday evening.
School principal Jordan Margolis wrote a memo to parents saying the individual was not present at the school on Tuesday. Margolis said in the memo that a back-to-school night was postponed so the keepers could thoroughly clean and disinfect the building. The district did not say whether the positive case was a student or a school employee and said the individual would not be allowed to return to school for at least 10 days or after presenting a negative test result, Margolis wrote.
A Riverhead High School staff member tested positive for COVID-19 and was required to quarantine, interim superintendent Christine Tona said in a letter to parents dated Friday.
The East Meadow School District said Tuesday that a Parkway Elementary School student tested positive for COVID-19, but the school will not be closed.
After casinos reopened earlier this month, the hotel at Jake’s 58 in Iceland will partially reopen on Thursday, the owner of the Buffalo, Delaware North hotel said. The hotel is closed from March.
Delaware North said the hotel will reopen to 33 percent capacity, with 75 of its 227 rooms available. The Suffolk OTB video lottery at Jake’s 58 reopened on 9 September at 25% capacity.
Cuomo also appointed members of a clinical advisory task force to review the safety and efficacy of all vaccines that become available for the coronavirus after FDA approval.
Members include two from Long Island: Dr. Sharon Nachman of the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University and Dr. Bruce Farber of Northwell Health.
“We want to make sure we can tell New Yorkers that the vaccine is safe and then we want to have a distribution plan,” Cuomo said. “There are polls that say half of Americans wouldn’t take the vaccine right now because they don’t believe it’s safe. I want to be able to tell New Yorkers it’s safe, take it and I want to have the best distribution because ideally we want to be the first state. protected from COVID in the nation “.
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LIST OF NEW YORK TRAVEL FORTY
Travelers on the New York State “travel advice” list, due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the community, are required to quarantine for 14 days. Quarantine applies to any person arriving from an area with a positive test rate greater than 10 per 100,000 residents on a seven-day moving average or an area with a positive test rate of 10% or greater on a moving average seven days. Below is the updated list of states and other jurisdictions whose travelers face these restrictions in New York starting September 29:
Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico , Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Wyoming.
SOURCE: New York Governor’s Office