New York’s COVID Cases Rise Nearly 70 Percent in 2 Weeks After Flattening Out for Months

Average day by day new coronavirus instances in New York, the previous epicenter of the outbreak within the U.S., have been on an upward development in a current two-week interval, after flattening out for months from mid-June to late September, in accordance with information compiled by Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

The three-day shifting common of day by day new instances within the state was 1,371 on October 5, a 68 p.c improve from the determine reported two weeks in the past, when it was at 814.71 on September 22, in accordance with the newest report Tuesday by JHU.

In New York City, 4,005 instances have been recorded previously seven days since October 6, whereas 5,242 infections have been reported in the remainder of the state (excluding New York City) in the identical 7-day interval, in accordance with the newest report Tuesday from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

On Tuesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced new restrictions “to address COVID-19 hot spots that have cropped up” in Brooklyn, Queens, Broome, Orange and Rockland counties, the governor’s workplace mentioned in an announcement Tuesday.

Many of the affected areas have giant populations of Orthodox Jews.

“Orthodox Jewish gatherings often are very, very large and we’ve seen what one person can do in a group,” Cuomo mentioned throughout a Monday information briefing, referring to an Orthodox Jewish man believed to be a “super spreader” accountable for lots of of infections.

“Mass gatherings are the super spreader events. We know there have been mass gatherings going on in concert with religious institutions in these communities for weeks… I’m talking about you’re only supposed to have 50 outdoors, [but] they had 1,000… you don’t see masks and you see clear violation of social-distancing,” Cuomo mentioned Monday.

The new restrictions are break up throughout three classes (Red Zone, Orange Zone, Yellow Zone), every of which dictates totally different capability limits for homes of worship, mass gatherings, companies, eating venues and faculties.

Cuomo mentioned Tuesday: “A cluster is just that—it’s a cluster of cases, a high density of cases, and it seeps and grows from that cluster almost in concentric circles.

“When you see the cluster, it’s a must to cease it at that time. Our technique is to crush the cluster and cease the unfold,” he said in the statement.

On Sunday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted: “We’ve seen constantly excessive COVID-19 numbers in 9 zip codes throughout South Brooklyn, Far Rockaway and Central Queens.

“We’re providing these areas with additional resources, but when presented with new information, we must act. We won’t risk the progress we’ve made,” the mayor added.

The mayor submitted a proposal Sunday to the state authorities to shut non-essential companies, together with private and non-private faculties, in these 9 zip codes the place virus charges have remained over three p.c over the earlier seven days. But the proposal was rejected by Cuomo on Monday.

Newsweek has contacted the governor’s workplace, the mayor’s workplace and the New York State Department of Health for remark.

Confirmed instances in New York have surpassed 466,900, as of Wednesday, in accordance with JHU.

New York City has the tenth highest variety of instances per capita within the nation, with 2,956 instances per 100,000 folks, in accordance with the newest report Tuesday by the CDC.

New York state at present has the nation’s highest COVID-19 dying toll, with 33,219 fatalities so far, in accordance with JHU.

New York City has the nation’s highest dying charge, reporting 284 deaths per 100,000 folks, as of Tuesday, in accordance with the CDC.

The three-day shifting common of day by day new instances in New York declined sharply from early April, when it peaked at 9,909 on April 7. The common rely rose sharply from early March, in accordance with information compiled by JHU.

The state flattened the curve of the outbreak from round mid-June. Average day by day new instances hovered beneath about 800 by late September, in accordance with JHU.

“There was an alignment in New York with the state government, the healthcare system and the media on what to do – namely, lock everything down,” Mark Jarrett, chief high quality officer at Northwell Health, New York’s largest well being system which serves practically 11 million folks throughout New York City, Long Island and Westchester County, advised Reuters in August.

“The lockdown didn’t please everyone but was really well accepted,” Jarrett added.

Experts beforehand warned the state might even see a leap in new infections within the fall following the reopening of faculties.

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A view of Times Square in New York City on September 30. New York state reported a virtually 70 p.c rise in common day by day new infections over a current two-week interval.
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“The big challenge is schools reopening, recreating that density anew,” which had been lowered by social distancing, Troy Tassier, a professor of economics at New York’s Fordham University who makes a speciality of epidemiology, advised Reuters in August.

Cuomo famous in August: “Colleges across the country are seeing outbreaks. This is going to be a problem.”

Last month, Cuomo introduced all schools within the state should report incidents of greater than 100 instances. Schools are required to “return to remote learning with limited on-campus activity when that threshold is reached for a two-week period,” the governor’s workplace famous in an announcement in late August.

Cuomo mentioned: “We’ve seen troubling reports of students congregating on college campuses, so we are setting a threshold that says if colleges have 100 cases or if the number of cases equal 5 percent of their population or more, they must go to remote learning for two weeks, at which time we will reassess the situation.

“We ought to anticipate clusters and that is what we’re seeing. Be ready for it, get forward of it,” he said in the statement in August.

The wider picture

The novel coronavirus has infected more than 35.8 million people across the globe since it was first reported in Wuhan, China, including over 7.5 million in the U.S. More than a million have died following infection, while more than 24.9 million have reportedly recovered as of Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The graphic below, provided by Statista, illustrates a survey of U.S. adults concerned about catching COVID-19.

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The graphic beneath, supplied by Statista, illustrates U.S. states with probably the most COVID-19 instances.

Spread of COVID-19 cases in U.S.

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