A traffic sign on New Utrecht Ave. in Borough Park, Brooklyn, warned Wednesday of new COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the state and to be enforced by the city. The neighborhood is among "hot spot" areas where "mini-clusters" of cases have been identified. Credit: AP/Mary Altaffer
This story was reported by Matthew Chayes , Joan Gralla , Bart Jones and Joie Tyrrell . It was written by Jones.
New York State’s coronavirus levels remained relatively stable, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Friday, though officials continue to battle about 20 "hot spots" where the levels are about four times the state average.
The number of new confirmed cases in each Nassau and Suffolk counties rose above 100 in testing completed Thursday, according to state data released Friday.
The statewide average of positivity was 1.25% in testing completed Thursday, and 4.8% in the hot spots, which are located in Brooklyn along with Queens, Orange and Rockland counties.
The statewide average was 1.14% excluding the hot spots. Cuomo contends that including them skews the results since the state has been testing more in high infection areas, leading to an oversample in the hot spots. States/regions in red are included on New York’s travel advisory list as of Oct. 13, 2020. Guam and Puerto Rico, not pictured, are also on the list.
Most of the hot spots are in neighborhoods with large ultra-Orthodox Jewish populations . Cuomo last week ordered all schools and nonessential businesses closed in the "red zones" where the cases are concentrated, and limited houses of worship to no more than 10 people at a time.
"New York’s numbers remain steady, despite the handful of clusters we are currently focused on. We are addressing these clusters through our targeted approach to ensure that they don’t become community spread," Cuomo said.
He added: "As we go through the fall and into the winter and cases continue to rise across the country, it’s going to take the work of all New Yorkers to maintain our progress. We cannot and will not risk going backwards to where we were in the spring. Our progress is thanks to New Yorkers, who rose to the occasion and came together like no other community. But we have to keep it up — we must all keep washing our hands, wearing our masks and remaining socially distant."
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio this week said he would decide by Sunday whether the two-week restrictions in the Red Zones should be extended , but Cuomo said that is a state decision.
Ten people died of coronavirus-related causes on Thursday statewide. Some 918 people with the virus were hospitalized, up 21 from the previous day.
The infection level was 1.1% on Long Island and 1.2% in New York City. Riverhead High School in a 2018 file photo Credit: John Roca The number of new cases confirmed in testing completed Thursday was 105 in Nassau County, 104 in Suffolk County and 660 in New York City.
County Executive Laura Curran said that coupled with the new daily cases surpassing 100 in Nassau, "We’ve seen a rise in COVID-19 related hospitalizations over this past week with 64 patients in Nassau’s 11 hospitals as of today. Eighteen of these patients are in the ICU and 10 are on ventilators."
She added: "In addition, I am very sad to report that three Nassau County residents have passed away from the virus in the past 24 hours — a sobering reminder of how serious this virus can be. The County is working closely with affected schools, universities and communities to halt the spread in its tracks and increase access to rapid testing."
Based on figures released Friday, de Blasio said there is a 1.02% infection rate among those tested for coronavirus in the city, and a seven-day rolling average of 1.56%. There were 77 people admitted for COVID-19 to the hospital, he said.
De Blasio provided the figures during his weekly Ask the Mayor segment on WNYC radio.
In the last three weeks, there have been 3,229 test results from students, teachers and staff in public schools in "Yellow Zones," with four positive, de Blasio said.
"Only four cases that came back positive out of 3,229. So, again, the story of the schools continues to be a really good one," he said.
There is weekly testing in every school in the "Yellow Zones" and monthly testing in the rest of the city schools, he said. Sayville and Huntington schools closed
Sayville Middle School was closed Friday after a person at the school tested positive for the coronavirus, Schools Superintendent John E. Stimmel said in a notice posted to the school website.
The closure will allow officials to trace whoever was in contact with the person. Stimmel did not say if the person was a staff member or student.Remote learning will be conducted Friday, Stimmel said.Finley Middle School in the Huntington school […]