You are reading

COVID-19 Cases Continue to Surge in Cluster Neighborhoods, Including Kew Gardens

(Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office)

Sept. 28, 2020 By Allie Griffin

Coronavirus cases are continuing to surge at an alarming rate in Kew Gardens and have now begun to spread into adjacent neighborhoods such as Rego Park and Kew Garden Hills, new data shows.

City health officials identified Kew Gardens, Far Rockaway as well as six Brooklyn neighborhoods as COVID-19 clusters last week. Officials said Sunday that cases in those eight cluster neighborhoods have since risen and are now spilling into adjacent zip codes–such as Rego Park and Kew Gardens Hills – Pomonok.

The latest data shows Kew Gardens has a COVID-19 positivity rate of 3.82 percent and Far Rockaway-Edgemere has a positivity rate of 3.9 percent. The average rate across the city is less than 1 percent.

Zip code data shows the virus is spreading to neighboring communities. The city has identified other neighborhoods — including Rego Park and Kew Gardens Hills — that have an increased growth of cases and positivity rates between 2 and 3 percent based.

Rego Park has a positivity rate of 2.34 percent and Kew Gardens Hills – Pomonok has a positivity rate of 2.71 percent, the health department said Sunday.

The other six cluster neighborhoods are in Brooklyn — primarily in Hasidic Jewish neighborhoods. Gravesend-Homecrest has the highest COVID positivity rate citywide at 6.75 percent.

The eight original clusters now account for more than 23 percent of new cases citywide over the past two weeks despite representing just under 7 percent of the city’s population, the health department said.

The city has warned that it could begin rolling back its reopening plan in the problem areas to prevent the virus from spreading. Health officials could shutdown nonessential businesses and limit gatherings to 10 people if the coronavirus cases continue to rise.

The health department is also monitoring emergency department visits, hospitalizations and intensive care unit admissions.

The department said an increase in hospital visits generally follows an increase in COVID-19 cases. At least one hospital in Queens and two in Brooklyn are starting to see an uptick in the number of hospitalized patients, data shows.

email the author: news@queenspost.com
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Woman found dead with ‘visible signs of trauma’ inside her Little Neck home: NYPD

NYPD detectives are working to determine how a woman was killed inside a Little Neck home on Saturday morning.

Police from the 111th Precinct in Bayside responded to a 911 call of an unconscious woman inside a home on 58th Avenue near 251st Street, two blocks south of the Long Island Expressway, where they found a 44-year-old victim lying face down on the floor with visible signs of trauma to her back, police said. EMS responded to the location and pronounced the woman dead at the scene. She was later identified as Kate Tierney.

Motorcyclist killed in hit-and-run on Clearview Expressway in Bayside; White Plains driver busted in Fresh Meadows: NYPD

A Westchester motorist was arrested following a fatal hit-and-run that killed a motorcyclist on the Clearview Expressway in Bayside Saturday night.

Alex Cruz, 23, of Dekalb Avenue in White Plains, was taken into custody in Fresh Meadows less than two miles away from the crash scene that closed the southbound Clearview Expressway south of Northern Boulevard for hours.

Urgent manhunt underway for ‘animal’ who allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl in Flushing park on Thursday: NYPD

The NYPD announced a $10,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of a Hispanic man who allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl in a wooded area of Kissena Corridor Park on Thursday afternoon.

More than sixty investigators were at the crime scene late into the night. During a press briefing by NYPD brass on Friday, Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey said that the manhunt was expanded city-wide and that the department would spare no expense until the suspect was apprehended.