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De Blasio Says This Is ‘Our Last Chance’ To Stop Second COVID-19 Wave

Claire Leaden Claire Leaden

De Blasio Says This Is ‘Our Last Chance’ To Stop Second COVID-19 Wave

COVID-19 numbers have been rising in NYC (and New York State) over the past few weeks, and Mayor de Blasio says it’s coming down to the wire to get it under control.

He just shared today’s (11/11) indicators, which include:

  • 94 patients admitted to the hospital
  • 817 new cases
  • An infection rate 7-day average of 2.52%

These are some of the highest overall rates the city has seen since the end of May. He has been encouraging New Yorkers to continuing practicing safety measures diligently: wearing masks, exercise social distancing as much as possible, and limiting gatherings.

Yesterday at his daily press conference he said, “…It’s so important to understand we believe we still can fight back the second wave. We saw amazing evidence of the ability of New Yorkers to hear the message and do something about it back in March, April, May. So, we believe we can still fight this back. If these indicators keep going up across all three areas we talk about, then that’s a different discussion, obviously, but there’s still a chance to turn this around.”

Governor Cuomo has been sharing daily updates as well, and numbers are rising in the state overall. The statewide positivity rate excluding the high-rate “micro clusters” is 2.58%.

After this news, the Governor also announced they would be implementing several new regulations in order to help stop the spread including:

  • Any establishment with a state liquor license, including bars and restaurants, must close at 10pm.
  • Gyms must close at 10pm.
  • To slow the spread, NYS will limit indoor gatherings at private residences to 10 people. (He said that indoor gatherings and parties are a major source of COVID-19 spread).

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See also: You Can Now Get 15-Minute COVID-19 Tests At JFK Airport