“I urge New Yorkers to wear masks, stay out of society, and wash their hands. Local governments must continue to implement state public health guidelines,” Cuomo said in a statement. “By being vigilant and intelligent, we can beat COVID together.”
Once the epicenter of the epidemic in the United States, New York boasted a test positive rate – the percentage of trials returning positive for the virus – less than 1% for more than a month. That rate broke 1% on Saturday as Cuomo reminded New Yorkers “we can’t give up our security”.
Although the rate of positive tests is still low compared to other states, the neighborhoods in Queens and Brooklyn “continue to grow at a dangerous rate,” the city health department said in a news release.
Public schools in New York City are returning to the classroom for the first time this week, but officials may decide to close schools, restrict crowds and impose fines for not wearing masks.
“For the first time in the city’s recovery period, if there is no improvement by Monday evening, immediate action on these zip codes could be curtailed,” the health department said last week.
States reach new heights
New York is not the only state to report cases in the wrong direction.
Wisconsin’s highest single-day case increase of 2,817 new cases was reported on Saturday, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health. The previous record was 2,533 on Sept. 18, according to the state Department of Health’s website.
Last week, the Wisconsin government issued an executive order mandating face masks in an effort to reduce Tony Evers infections. In a press release, his office said the disease was primarily caused by people between the ages of 18 and 24 and that the government was “facing a new and dangerous phase of the epidemic.”
“We need your help to stop the spread of this virus. We all need to do this together,” Evers said.
Meanwhile, the number of cases in Florida has surpassed 700,000, although it is one of only 10 states to report fewer new cases this week compared to previous weeks. This includes Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia.
The number of new cases is steady in 19 states. Twenty-one new cases were reported last week: Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, South Washington State, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Officers break up large crowds
To avoid another uprising, epidemiologist Dr Anthony Fucci insisted on covering the mask, keeping distance and avoiding crowds. But the authorities had to intervene as some people continued to gather in large groups.
On Friday evening, representatives of the New York City Sheriff’s Office broke up the weddings of about 300 people in Queens, the office of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told CNN. Both the owner and the manager of the place were given appearance tickets for several misdemeanors.
Weddings and other large community gatherings have been the scene of several outbreaks of corona virus cases in recent months, and authorities have turned their attention to preventing these events and taking action against them.
The Maryland man has been sentenced to one year in prison after holding two major parties at the end of March against the state’s social distance rules, which banned more than 10 meetings, the state’s Larry Hogan office said.
The state attorney’s office said he became a plaintiff after being asked to disband his first party of about 50 people. Five days later, he refused to host a second banquet of more than 50 people, claiming that they had the right to assemble and directing his guests to stay.
CNN’s Laura Lee, Sheena Jones, Anna Sterla, Duckin Anton and Chuck Johnston all contributed to the report.