Cuomo calls for 'aggressive' targeting of coronavirus clusters in NYC

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- After an uptick in infection rate, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state will aggressively target clusters, in specific zip codes.

Activity in the cluster is very different than what's going on in the rest of the state, Cuomo said.

Brooklyn is among the largest cluster the state has seen yet.

"Local governments are first line of defense, they must respond," Cuomo said.

There will be rapid testing made available to public and private schools in areas, the gov. added.

"A cluster today can be community spread tomorrow," Cuomo said, noting that. compliance and enforcement is key.

Cuomo will be meeting with religious leaders of the Orthodox community and local officials after seeing the uptick in cases overlap with large Orthodox communities.

"20 zip codes average a positive test rate of 5%—about 5x the statewide avg," Cuomo tweeted.

"We know how this virus spreads & we know how to stop the spread. Local governments MUST enforce compliance. Wear a mask. Wash hands. No big gatherings. Get tested. Our actions determine what happens."

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday that the spike in coronavirus cases across nine New York City zip codes is a "real cause for concern."

According to daily indicators, 3.25. percent of people tested have positive results with a seven-day rolling average of 1.38 percent.  

There are 71 COVID Hospitalizations, a16 percent positivity rate with new reported COVID-19 cases on a seven-day average at 338

De Blasio said the city will focus its efforts on the nine zip codes with an increase in cases.

The areas of concern with cases above 3 percent include:

Kew Gardens Hills/Pomonok (11367) — 3.04%

Zip codes seeing an increased growth in cases include:

Rego Park [11374> — 2.49%

Kensington/Windsor Terrace [11218> — 2.50%

Brighton Beach/Manhattan Beach/Sheepshead Bay [11235> — 2.63%

There will be testing blitz, more community outreach in those areas of concern, de Blasio said.

"This is an inflection point. We have to take serious action and we will be escalating each day depending on what we see on the ground," he said, as he urged people in the affected ZIP codes to get tested.

He warned that additional measures like bans on social gatherings above 10 people and non-essential business closures may be next.

Starting Tuesday, anyone not wearing a mask will be offered one and those that continue refusing to wear a mask will be fined, de Blasio announced.

"Mask wearing is a state law,"  Cuomo reiterated.