New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that the state has conducted research in New York City, and data shows high positive coronavirus rates and continued high community spread in certain communities.
Communities hardest-hit are located in ZIP codes that are lower-income and have high Hispanic and African American populations.
In the Morrisania neighborhood of the Bronx, for example, Cuomo said that 43% of residents tested were positive for coronavirus, whereas the general New York City number is close to 20%. In Brooklyn’s Brownsville section, which has about an 80% black population, 41% tested positive. The neighborhood also has about double the rate of average hospitalizations.
“That's where the cases are still coming from. That's where the virus is still spreading,” Cuomo said.
The governor thanked politicians and community leaders for spearheading an effort to mobilize churches as coronavirus test sites. He said that testing will be expanded to more churches and public housing developments in the city.
“We want to now take the next step, which is outreach programs, getting the PPE into the community, getting the hand sanitizer into the community, explaining social distancing and why that's so important, and explain how this virus spreads. It's a public health education effort,” Cuomo said.