Governor Andrew Cuomo makes an announcement and holds media briefing on COVID-19 response at New Settlement Community Center, Bronx.
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned Tuesday of growing coronavirus clusters in large Orthodox Jewish communities around New York City that he worries could spread uncontrollably if they aren’t quickly contained.
State health officials are investigating 20 of the state’s ZIP codes where Covid-19 hot spots appear to be growing. The percentage of total tests returning positive, or the “positivity rate,” in some of those ZIP codes has reached above 10%, far beyond the roughly 1% infection rate New York has reported for weeks.
“The activity in the cluster is very different than what’s going on in the rest of the state,” Cuomo said during a press briefing in New York City. The state’s Covid-19 positivity rate is 1.1% while the average for the 20 ZIP codes with the highest rates is more than 5%, he…