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New York City health officials say they’re alarmed at a continuing spike in Covid-19 virus transmission in sections of south Brooklyn and Queens with large Orthodox Jewish communities, on the eve of Yom Kippur.
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Seven of the eight neighborhoods saw increases even from the prior day’s report, based on our preliminary data. In Brooklyn’s Gravesend/Homecrest communities, 6.75% of those tested have been been found positive, up from 6% Friday.
Rates have reached 5.34% in Midwood; 4.63% in Borough Park; 4.41% in Bensonhurst/Mapleton; and 3.82% in the Queens area of Kew Gardens, the health department reported. Mask-wearing compliance in these neighborhoods has been much lower than elsewhere in the city, officials said.
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