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US Virus uptick in 6 NYC neighborhoods is 'cause for significant concern,' city says

00:17  24 september  2020
00:17  24 september  2020 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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In the city that was hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic, cases of COVID-19 are on the rise in six New York City neighborhoods , according to local health officials. Due to an uptick in the Borough Park, Kew Gardens, Midwood, Edgemere-Far Rockaway, Flatbush, Bensonhurst and Williamsburg

NEW YORK — Positive coronavirus cases rose in several Brooklyn and Queens neighborhoods , city officials warned Monday. The city will launch robocalls, WhatsApp messages and communications with local businesses and houses of worship, Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi said .

After largely controlling the coronavirus through the summer, New York City health officials warned Wednesday of troubling spikes in cases in six neighborhoods across Brooklyn and Queens that they said “are cause for significant concern.”

a person walking down a street in front of a store: A woman pushes a stroller past a bakery in the Williamsburg section of the Brooklyn, NY., Sept. 18, 2020. © Anthony Behar/Sipa USA via AP A woman pushes a stroller past a bakery in the Williamsburg section of the Brooklyn, NY., Sept. 18, 2020.

The neighborhoods include Kew Gardens and Far Rockaway in Queens, Williamsburg in Brooklyn and a separate section of Brooklyn including Midwood, Borough Park and Bensonhurst that health officials are calling the “Ocean Parkway Cluster.”

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NEW YORK , Sept 23 ― New York City 's Health Department has identified a new cluster of Covid-19 cases in Brooklyn, and said yesterday a marked uptick in infections there and in some other neighbourhoods is “ cause for significant concern .”

The six neighborhoods make up 20% of all COVID-19 cases citywide as of Sept. 19 and the health department fears the increases could potentially evolve into more widespread transmission.

“I’m so distressed by the large increase in COVID in these four neighborhoods, including the Ocean Parkway area, which is where I grew up, went to synagogue, where my brother currently lives,” said Dr. Mitchell Katz, the CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals.

Katz said the city was moving to immediately address the increase with leaders of Orthodox Jewish communities in each neighborhood, including automated calls in Yiddish and English, trucks driving through the neighborhoods blaring messages and distribution of masks, gloves and hand sanitizer.

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Six Big Apple neighborhoods now account for 20 percent of all coronavirus cases citywide — part of a local City and state officials have struggled with large gatherings in largely Hasidic communities that violate social Mayor Bill de Blasio has also warned about an “ uptick ” in cases this summer, in part

After a brutal spring, New York City successfully brought its positivity rate down to approximately 1 percent over the summer, and the uptick in cases in certain neighborhoods is “ cause for significant concern ,” health department spokesman Patrick Gallahue told Reuters. Public health officials have

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"This virus doesn’t follow religious or political lines,” said Dr. John Brownstein, an epidemiologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and an ABC News medical contributor. “Whenever you bring people together for events that don’t involve masks and social distancing you will have cases. We have seen these situations occur in many different sub-populations that are not following the science.”

a group of people walking across a grass covered field: In this May 20, 2020, file photo, people walk on the road in the Far Rockaway section of Queens, NY. © Brendan McDermid/Reuters, FILE In this May 20, 2020, file photo, people walk on the road in the Far Rockaway section of Queens, NY.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, who earlier in the pandemic faced accusations by Hasidic Jews that he was unfairly singling them out, said the aim is not to point fingers but to teach an important lesson for the public as the nation moves toward a season when outdoor activities and social distancing become more difficult.

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New York City 's Health Department has identified a new cluster of COVID-19 cases in Brooklyn, and said on Tuesday a marked uptick in infections there and in some other neighbourhoods is " cause for significant concern ." Four areas have seen a large increase in cases between early August and last

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“What we know works is a lot of communications, making it easy for people to wear masks by distributing for free, leaders of the community setting a good example, and many leaders are doing that,” de Blasio said. “If some people don’t want to be helpful to their neighbors then we will take stronger action.”

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Dr. Katz, who said his father-in-law died of coronavirus in Israel earlier this week, made a personal appeal to Orthodox Jews.

“In the absence of doing the right thing, we will have to be in a lockdown situation like they have in Israel,” Katz said. “We don’t want that. We want people to wear masks. We want them to stay apart, to not have large gatherings."

He added, “There are easier ways for us to go on with our lives.”

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