Hot spots in Brooklyn, Queens, and the North are gradually cooling off, threatening to spread to a wider outbreak. In response, Governor Cuomo announced that he would adjust the restrictions from region or level to more targeted restrictions.
“So far, we have been targeting all our actions at the state or district level. Cuomo said, that̵
Cuomo announced that a record 160,000 tests were conducted on Friday, and the state’s overall positive test rate was 1.1%. Nine New Yorkers died of the coronavirus.
The positive rate in the Brooklyn hotspot has fallen below 5%, which is about 30% lower than the level at the peak of the outbreak two or three weeks ago.
Many hot spots overlap with the city and the main Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods in northern Orange and Rockland counties. During the height of the Jewish holiday, the number of people increased sharply, including synagogue congregations and family gatherings.
In the north of several major Hasidic regions, the decline was even greater. In a postal code containing the Kiryas Joel Hasidic enclave, the positive rate dropped from nearly 25% to 6%, a 75% drop.
Community participation has successfully prevented the virus from spreading outside the red zone, where schools and businesses have been closed.
Updated at 11:13 PM, Saturday, October 17, 2020
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