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Expert Warns NYC is on ‘Precipice’ of COVID Resurgence

The Big Apple might be in big trouble.

Several months removed from their status as the global epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, New York City appears to be headed toward yet another period of trouble.

The Big Apple, thanks to its population density and 24/7 lifestyle, was an easy target for the highly contagious coronavirus.  And with two extremely busy international airports, COVID-19 was bound to arrive in New York City with a quickness.

Now, after NYC believed that they had picked COVID to the curb through stringent lockdowns that caused great economic hardship, trouble is brewing again. 

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New York is responding to growing clusters of coronavirus cases in 20 “hotspot” ZIP codes that are reporting positivity rates, or the number of tests coming back positive, as high as 18%, based on a weekly average, according to a statement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office on Saturday.

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More than half of the hotspot ZIP codes are from Kings and Queens counties, which are located in New York City’s Brooklyn and Queens boroughs. Two other counties slightly north of New York City — Rockland and Orange — make up the remaining hotspot areas.

Although the top 20 ZIP codes are home to 6.7% of the state’s population, they represented 26% of Friday’s new Covid-19 cases, Cuomo said. The average positivity rate among them is 5.2% — well above the 1% rate for the remainder of the state.

At least one expert seems to believe the situation is dire

Dr. Tom Frieden, the former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under President Barack Obama, warned on Twitter Saturday that New York City is “on the edge of a precipice” and is at “a high risk of Covid resurgence.”

The news comes as states around the nation are having mixed success in batting COVID-19.

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