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The Outer Borough’s COVID peak is growing.
City Hall revealed on Wednesday evening that the main cluster of South Brooklyn coronavirus outbreaks now extends from Brighton Beach to east of Crown Heights – as officials have added a slew of new neighborhoods to the list witnesses to peak COVID test rates.
Clusters in the southern neighborhoods of Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Central Queens and Far Rockaway have recorded positive coronavirus infection rates between 3% and nearly 7% based on a two-week moving average that continues to push the rate up infection throughout the city over 3%.
Five zip codes in Brooklyn and Queens are already on the city’s COVID hotspot watch list – now expanded to 10 neighborhoods with infection rates above 3% – have tracked spikes over a 24-hour period.
Borough Park’s positive infection rate stands at 6.51%, up 0.02% from data on Tuesday, Bensonhurst / Mapleton saw a 0.26% increase over the same period, bringing the neighborhood to an average infection rate of 6.31%.
Gerritsen Beach / Homecrest / Sheepshead Bay’s infection rate is at 4.13%, up 0.08%, and Kew Gardens Hills / Pomonok is at 3.68% – also an increase of 0.08 per report to the day before.
A new neighborhood – Fresh Meadows / Hillcrest – has been added to Gotham’s hotspot list, following an infection rate of 3.08% – a 0.22 increase from the previous day.
Meanwhile, Edgemere / Far Rockaway, Gravesend / Homecrest, Midwood, Flatlands and Kew Gardens saw a slight drop in their positive infection rates, although they remained alarmingly above the 3% threshold of the city.
These ten areas account for more than 27.5% of new cases of Gotham virus in the past two weeks, or 7.5% of the city’s total population.
City health officials also added a new category of seven communities with virus spikes averaging 2-3% – which include Williamsburg, Crown Heights East, Bedford-Stuyvesant West, / Clinton Hill / Fort Greene and Hillcrest / Jamaica Estates / Jamaica Hills.
The Post’s viral videos and first-hand reporting testify to maskless rallies and large crowds, despite continued calls from Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo to New Yorkers to practice social distancing and self-esteem. cover the face.
De Blasio also threatened to roll back progress in some areas if non-compliance persists, and even to shut down public schools if positive infection rates persist above 3 percent on a seven-day moving average.
The clusters – several of which are home to members of the Orthodox Jewish community – have drawn the wrath of Governor Andrew Cuomo – who said he spoke with Jewish leaders on Wednesday.
“I spoke to the leaders of the Orthodox community this morning and we had a great conversation,” Cuomo told reporters on a late morning conference call.
“We’re far from immune to herds,” he growled, listing eight hot spots in Brooklyn and Queens, they also ended up on a statewide list tracing the ten New York’s top zip codes seeing spikes in COVID-19.
Cuomo criticized local governments – without naming the mayor of Blasio – but complained that state police enforcement was not enough, and he might need local law enforcement – including the NYPD – to loan officers for a special task force on COVID compliance.
“Local governments must do compliance,” he insisted.
“It is state law and communities have to apply it… they have to apply state law and they don’t do it diligently enough. Period.”
“They made it worse, not better,” he criticized local officials.
Cuomo also questioned members of the NYPD’s alleged refusal to wear masks, asking Tuesday:
“What kind of message does this send?” during a phone call with journalists.
Asked about the matter on Wednesday, De Blasio told reporters that officers who flout the rule should “face penalties,” he raised the issue with NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea.
“Our officers should be held to the same level as all citizens, all public standards,” he said during his daily televised press conference.
The state’s health department recorded a positive infection rate of 1.2% in the past 24 hours in New York City.
The statewide average is 1.02 percent after 97,960 tests performed and 1,000 registered as positive.
There have been nine deaths in the Empire State, as well as 605 people hospitalized, 144 patients admitted to the ICU and of this group, 67 were intubated.
Additional reporting by Nolan Hicks