Tri-State Space Officers Sound Alarms As Coronavirus Shutdowns Doubtless To Influence Vacation Season – CBS New York
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Coronavirus cases are skyrocketing in the US, and elected officials in the tri-state say new restrictions are needed to stop the spread.
A curfew is in effect at a COVID hotspot in New Jersey and New York residents are preparing for a possible shutdown that will likely occur after Thanksgiving, CBS2’s Christina Fan reported Saturday.
“The virus doesn’t know if it’s Thanksgiving or Christmas from Hanukkah. It just knows that it needs to reproduce in a host, and that host is us, ”said Surah Saggar, chief of infectious disease at Holy Name Medical Center.
New Jersey hospital stays have more than doubled since November 1, but doctors say they are much better equipped to fight COVID now than they were during the first wave in the spring.
“That time felt like the wild, wild west, a wartime scenario. Right now we have a lot more control, but we still have the idea that if the numbers hit a breaking point, things could quickly get out of hand, ”Saggar said.
There are curfews in three Newark zip codes, where the positivity rate has increased by over 20%.
Barricades now block the streets of the East Ward every evening from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. A city-wide lockdown will begin on Wednesday November 25th to control the spread.
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“We want to be able to do this for 10 days and we want people to come out for essential purposes,” said Mayor Ras Baraka.
In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio warns New Yorkers that statistics suggest the city will be declared an Orange Zone shortly after Thanksgiving.
This weekend is crucial in the fight against # COVID19. Here’s a look at the latest indicators:
• 118 patients were hospitalized
• 1,345 new cases
• The 7-day average infection rate is 3.11%
Wear a mask.
Avoid large gatherings.
Let yourself be tested: https://t.co/Fo48aDofTa
– Major Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) November 21, 2020
The city’s weekly infection rate is 3.1%. If that number holds, the Big Apple could turn orange as early as November 30th.
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“That’ll happen soon after Thanksgiving, probably the first week of December,” said de Blasio.
State metrics dictate that New York City would enter an orange zone if the weekly infection rate was above 3% for 10 days and if the weekly average was 10 or more new daily cases per 100,000 population.
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Orange status means you no longer have to dine indoors. Outdoor dining is limited to four people per table and closes at 10 p.m. Private gatherings are limited to 10 people. Houses of worship would be limited to 25 people.
Unnecessary businesses such as fitness studios, hairdressing and nail salons would also have to close.
Mayor de Blasio said contact tracers don’t see any major problems with such businesses right now, but tight restrictions are the only way to reverse this type of surge.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has the final say on whether and when New York City will become an Orange Zone.
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