Saturday, December 5

NYC is “on the brink” of closing schools and businesses due to second wave of COVID-19 infections


Many signs from the past week indicate that COVID-19 is rapidly spreading again through New York City.

Although the Health authorities they still do not consider the contagion metric officially as a ‘second hello’This Tuesday, given the reality of the rise in cases, Mayor Bill de Blasio in his words described for the second day in a row that “there are many reasons to worry about.”

And is that the rate of positive tests for the coronavirus in the Big Apple was 2.88% last Sunday, the highest daily average since at least the beginning of August.

In addition, the municipal representative reported that during the last seven days the city has had an average of 795 confirmed cases daily. The last time that figure was reached was in May.

To all these signs it is added that 92 patients with complications with the virus were admitted in the last to local hospitals, if it were to exceed the daily threshold of 200 people, they would certainly start there restrictions and closures to apply.

Worst: Schools could close

There are other more precise factors to make drastic decisions. If the positivity rate exceeds 3%, sadly that will mean an imminent closure of public schools of the city and the return to the scheme of 100% remote classes.

But if the positive patient marker breaks the 5% threshold, the nightmares of business closings could return, including restaurants.

How close is the Big Apple to the possibility of a new economic shutdown? De Blasio in front of the alley of numbers argues that the efforts of “thousands of daily discard tests, like never before, is a variable that should always be analyzed this fall to differentiate it from the reality of previous months ”.

The Mayor reinforced that there are no current plans for closures, but warned that they could arrive in the coming days or weeks and include businesses and schools.

“This is our last chance to stop a second wave. If we are not able, there will clearly be consequences that will remind us too much of where we were before“, Held.

If the general infection rate jumps to 3% in NYC the protocols indicate that schools should be closed. (NYC Mayoral Office photo)

“We are already in the second wave”

Given the manifest concern there are those who assure that in effect the city of New York is already in a ‘second wave’ unofficial contagion.

Specifically, Mark Levin, President of the Municipal Council Health Commission He asserted on Tuesday that “it is not that we are approaching our second wave. We are in our second wave ”.

The local legislator appealed that the positivity rate for this Monday in the city was adjusted to 3.58% and the 7-day average is now 2.31%.

“We need to redouble our efforts to flatten this new curveLevin asked.

In line with the strategy of the Health authorities that have urged city residents not to travel for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays to other states where there are high outbreaks of infections, the councilor was more radical with tens of thousands of college students from all over the country that are on the Campus of the Big Apple.

“If students are allowed to go home for Thanksgiving and return to New York, this will pose a greater risk. They should be forced to stay here “, he proposed on his twitter account.

Meanwhile, Dr. Dave Chokshi Commissioner of the City Department of Health (DOHMH) validated that they are observing very precisely that COVID-19 numbers are increasing and warned of the effects that family reunions could have in the coming days.

“Now is not the time to lower your guard. Safe ways must be found to celebrate the Holidays this year. The health of our families depends on it, ”the official stressed again.

They will add more ‘hot zones’

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, on whom the last word for drastic closure measures depends, appears more confident in targeted restrictions on red, orange or yellow localities where virus outbreaks are determined.

Everything seems to indicate that in the next few hours new risk zones will be established in New York City, specifically in Staten Island.

“The expectation is that everything will get worse throughout the country, with winter and with the mobilizations for the family celebrations at the end of the year“, Concluded the president.

The Ecuadorian community activist, Walter Sinche reports that in Corona neighborhoods, in Queens, the community tends to relax the norms. (Photo: F. Martínez)

Alert in Corona!

While the Health authorities insist that New Yorkers must reinforce protection measures such as the use of masks and maintain social distancing, in some neighborhoods that lived hellish experiences with the pandemic, as is the case of Corona and Jackson Heights, community leaders show concern because they observe that communities tend to “Relax” the rules.

This is how he describes it, Walter Sinche director of the Ecuadorian Alliance based in Queens.

“It is beginning to be observed that unfortunately many people here in the area are avoiding the use of masks. We see large gatherings in the squares. I think it’s time for authorities to start putting more vigilance in these neighborhoods. Unfortunately our community did not learn the lessonSinche explained.

The neighborhood mostly inhabited by Latin American immigrants and which was the “Epicenter of the epicenter” of COVID-19 begins to re-ignite alerts, according to the DOHMH statistics.

From November 1 to 7 the ZIP Code 11368 belonging to Corona shows a number of 80 confirmed cases, one of the highest positivity rates in that county.

Numbers on the edge

  • An average of 200 more cases per day have been reported in the five counties in the last week, in contrast to the average of fewer than 550 infected daily that was maintained from July to September.
  • 0.12% more cases that add to the general contagion metrics in NYC in the coming days, could mean the preventive closure of school buildings.
  • 2.69% is the infection rate in New York State.
  • 4.14% is the average number of people infected with COVID-19 in Kew Garden neighborhoods in Queens, the reddest area in the city until two days ago.



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