This story was reported by Rachel Blidner,, Matthew Chase,, Scott Eidler,, Thomas Mayer,, Bart Jones and Carol Polski. It was written by Jones.
State and city officials are launching a campaign to stop the spread of the coronavirus in hotspots, which are raising levels of infection in New York and other parts of the state, including several neighborhoods on Long Island.
Areas with a higher rate of positivity are zip codes centered around Huntington Station, Dix Hills and South Huntington, Valley Stream and North Valley Stream and Brentwood, officials said Wednesday. In all these areas the level of infection is 3%, compared to the national average of about 1
Still, the rates represent a handful of cases in each of these communities for Tuesday’s test results. Zip code 11746 in the Huntington area had 5 positives out of 183 tested; 11717 the postal code in Brentwood has 4 out of 125 tested; and zip code 11580 in the Valley Stream area had 4 positives out of 138 tested.
In New York, the neighborhoods with the highest percentage of positives according to the state are in Brooklyn, with 8% positive, or 29 cases, around Midwood; 6%, or 13 cases, in Mapleton and Bensonhurst; and 5%, or 12 cases, in Boro Park.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in his news briefing Wednesday read a list of zip codes for “hot spots” mostly in the Brooklyn area and in the counties of Rockland and Orange in the Middle Hudson, but said Nassau County “has several communities affected.” “with higher levels of positivity.
He said the top 20 zip codes for the recent distribution have a COVID-19 positivity rate of 5.5% and “this is about five times the rate of infection across the country.”
In Rockland County, two zip codes have infection rates of 17% and 14%, he said. Overall, the 20 hotspots account for 23% of COVID-19 cases in the state, but have only 6% of the state’s population, he said.
Cuomo called on local authorities to step up efforts to enforce wearing masks, social distancing and other rules aimed at curbing outbreaks.
New York officials, along with Cuomo, said this week that some hotspots – including some in Rockland and Orange counties – have large Orthodox Jewish populations. Cuomo said he met with religious leaders in those communities on Wednesday morning to address compliance concerns, while stressing that anti-coronavirus laws apply to people of all religions.
Data from the “hot spots” zip code released by the state of New York on Wednesday did not show any concentration in the predominantly Jewish communities on Long Island.
“Community leaders understand and will take action, and we will draw up an action plan,” Cuomo said. The leaders “said they were determined to take a more aggressive stance.”
The scope of the community begins
Part of the plan will be public education to inform people about what he called the “myth” of herd immunity, which has led some to believe that the virus cannot spread further because enough New Yorkers are infected. He said that scientists say that 50% to 60% of the population must have antibodies in order for herd immunity to work, but in New York the level is only about 18% to 19%.
Rabbi Tuvia Telden, leader of the Long Island Orthodox Jewish Movement in Chabad, said he and his group support adherence to mandates for wearing masks and social distance. He said many Orthodox communities are complying with the mandates, but there are some “reservations”.
“The leadership needs to take a much stronger position,” to ensure consistency among the faithful, Teldon said. “Detentions” are “very worrying for me personally.”
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Dr. Aaron Glatt, chairman of medicine and chief infectious disease expert at Mount Sinai South Nassau Hospital in Oceanside, and a rabbi at the Young Young of Woodmere congregation, expressed caution about linking the recent rise in viral infections to a community, including Orthodox Jews. He said the public needs to do a better job of preventative measures such as wearing masks to prevent the spread.
“There are many communities in the country that have uprisings, and in many of those places there are no Orthodox Jews,” Glat said. “It’s hard to say that this is a problem for Orthodox Jews. … We should not isolate certain groups.”
Guillermo Perez, 66, who leads the newborn Christian ministry Hombres de Palabra, which works with Spanish men at Huntington, Brentwood and beyond, mourned brief memories of the virus’s devastation, which peaked in the spring.
He said, “Some people think it’s over. Some people, ah, take it for granted.”
“COVID-19 hit a big, big time at Huntington Station, the same one in Brentwood, where there is a large Latin American population,” said Perez, a butcher at King Cullen’s supermarket.
Suffolk County Health Commissioner Dr Gregson Pigot said the agency was “aware of these isolated cases and is continuing its vigorous case investigation and contact tracking efforts”.
He said that although the cases “did not constitute a cluster or outbreak”, the county continued to urge residents to follow social distancing and masking guidelines “to keep their friends, family and neighbors safe”.
Christine Guide, a spokeswoman for Nassau County Executive Laura Quran, said these same safeguards “are key to our success in curbing COVID-19”. She added that the police, the fire marshal and the health department “will continue to be on site to fulfill the governor’s mandates to protect the health and well-being of our residents.”
New York has launched pressure to implement
Coronavirus infection rates continue to rise in six of New York’s nine zip codes, which have become hotspot clusters, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Wednesday.
New York’s health ministry said Wednesday that there are ten neighborhoods where cases continue to rise at an alarming rate, and these areas account for more than 27.5 percent of new cases in the past two weeks, despite accounting for 7.5 percent of the population. .
Cuomo said the state was over-sampling the clusters and had a state-wide positive rate of 1.02%, but with the exception of these areas, the infection rate was 0.82%.
To suppress the virus in these Brooklyn and Queens zip codes, the city has 1,000 city officials – including 400 New York City cops – to fulfill the state mask mandate and issue fines to anyone who refuses to cover their face, de Blasio said. .
The New York Sheriff’s Office also conducted 130 inspections of non-public schools to check for disguise and social distancing.
Testing ended Tuesday, confirming 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 across the country, including 66 in Nassau County, 53 in Suffolk County and 446 in New York City.
The level of positivity on Long Island was 1.3%, and in New York 1.2%.
State Alcohol Service and State Police agents inspected 1,114 establishments on Tuesday and sent summonses to four – three of them in Nassau County – for violating the laws on wearing masks and social distancing aimed at curbing the spread of the virus.
Suffolk Exec warns of budget problems
Suffolk County Executive Director Steve Belon warned on Wednesday of more potential budget cuts if the federal government does not provide more help to address the fiscal impact of the coronavirus on local governments.
Belon said he would have to cut $ 20 million for contracting agencies that provide health services, at some point people are struggling more. Agencies that could face layoffs – which include the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Addiction, the Family Services League, Long Island Against Domestic Violence, the Suffolk Child Care Council and Long Island Care – help people who are struggling with addiction, mental health problems and domestic violence and providing other support services. Bellone said the cuts could undermine the region’s recovery from the social impact of the coronavirus.
“We will see devastating layoffs, layoffs that should not happen,” Beloun said at the Center for Diagnosis, Assessment and Stabilization, a crisis support center at Hauppauge.
Bellon has already warned of cuts to police, bus and veterans without further federal aid. His proposed budget for 2021, which will provide for more potential cuts, is due to be published on Friday.
Schools in Long Island continue to see cases
East Hills Primary School in the Roslin school district was closed for cleaning on Wednesday, a letter from the school principal said after a student tested positive on Tuesday. Contact tracking was in progress.
Carrie Palmer Weber High School of Port Washington was notified late Monday of a positive test that the COVID-19 state school card indicates is a student.
The district issued a letter saying the face-related pods were scheduled for virtual instructions on Wednesday and that sanitary and follow-up protocols were in place.
Other recent cases in school districts that have recently been reported include South Grove Primary School and Berry Hill Primary School in Syosset; Willets Road School in East Williston; Brentwood High School and North Elementary School in Brentwood; Leo F. Giblin Elementary School in Freeport; Deasy and the Gribbin Elementary School and Glen Cove High School in Glen Cove.
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