Spike in Jewish neigh­bor­hoods

San Francisco Chronicle - - CORONAVIRU­S PANDEMIC -

A spike in COVID­19 cases in a hand­ful of Brook­lyn and Queens neigh­bor­hoods with large Ortho­dox Jewish pop­u­la­tions is rais­ing alarm bells even as New York City’s over­all in­fec­tion rate re­mains low, city of­fi­cials said Wed­nes­day. The neigh­bor­hoods in­clud­ing Bor­ough Park and Wil­liams­burg ac­counted for 20% of the city’s COVID­19 cases in re­cent weeks, ac­cord­ing to city Health Depart­ment num­bers. The city hopes to pre­vent gath­er­ings such as wed­ding ban­quets in these com­mu­ni­ties that are see­ing an uptick.

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