Mayor says recent uptick in COVID-19 cases in Borough Park is linked to large wedding

Mayor Bill de Blasio says New York City is seeing the lowest infection rate since the start of the pandemic, however one neighborhood in particular is seeing a bit of an uptick and he believes they know why.

News 12 Staff

Aug 20, 2020, 10:13 AM

Updated 1,374 days ago

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Mayor Bill de Blasio says New York City is seeing the lowest infection rate since the start of the pandemic, however one neighborhood in particular is seeing a bit of an uptick and he believes they know why.
The mayor says he is linking the uptick in cases in Borough Park to a recent, large wedding.
He says they plan to take the same approach that they took when they saw the flare up of cases in Sunset Park.
Earlier this week he was in Sunset Park alongside volunteers from the Test & Trace Corps. He says their outreach efforts are meant to help them get in front of the virus.
In Borough Park, he says 16 cases have been brought to light and appear to be linked to a wedding.
While it’s unclear where the specific wedding in question was held in Borough Park, the mayor says the number of guests appeared to be substantially higher than the 50 people currently allowed to gather.
“Some of these 16 cases are linked to a recent wedding, a large wedding in fact, in the community. So, we are working immediately to galvanize community leaders, to work with Test & Trace Corps. Had a good call last night with a group of community leaders from Borough Park,” says Mayor de Blasio. “They certainly understand the urgency of the situation. We want to get the message out that people need to be tested, that people need to wear face coverings, that we need to avoid those large gatherings that can cause a bigger problem.”
When the mayor was asked if there’d be repercussions he said he’s more worried about the future in terms of tracking down those who were at that wedding and ensuring the virus doesn’t spread.


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