Carr criticizes Cuomo for coronavirus restrictions targeting Orthodox Jews

Cheryl Sanders
October 17, 2020

The governor says NY is also identifying and reporting the virus clusters more accurately than some other states.

Despite the declines, the positive test percentages in the clusters are still much higher than other areas of the state.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews gather in the Borough Park neighbourhood of Brooklyn to protest against Covid-19 restrictions in New York October 7, 2020. Cuomo asked how do we administer 20 million vaccines in the state of NY?

The state's overall positivity rate was 1.25 percent with focus areas included, said the governor, adding that the "Red Zone" focus areas are home to 2.8 percent of the state population yet had 11.7 percent of all positive test results reported to the state on Thursday, and 11.9 percent of all positive case results reported to the state this current week.

Cuomo insisted his measures were not meant to single out religious groups and were consistent with other steps in geographic clusters he called "red zones". The other is what the rate would be if 20 areas identified as hot spots were not counted.

"We are addressing these clusters through our targeted approach to ensure that they don't become community spread", Cuomo said in a press release.

Hospitalizations have also been on the rise in the state.

Jewish leaders say case numbers are high because more people in these neighborhoods are getting tested, while blasting Gov. Cuomo for breaking his declaration to only close schools when the regional average hit 9%, not a neighborhood. Of the 146 new patients admitted, almost half were from the 20 hot spots.

Cuomo's framing of the state's infection rate also comes during a week when he released a memoir that chronicles how he successfully lowered the rate of infection in NY, which in the spring was the nation's epicenter for the coronavirus. Numerous state's over 700 districts are conducting at least part time in- person learning. He said it's time to think ahead.

Cuomo agrees that the crisis is far from over.

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