Concerns over "Uptick" of COVID-19 Cases in Sunset Park

Aug 13, 2020

Mayor de Blasio discuss the "uptick" of COVID-19 cases in Sunset Park, Brooklyn
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There’s concern about a surge in coronavirus cases in part of Brooklyn.

The City’s Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi says Sunset Park now has a roughly 7 percent infection rate, way above the citywide average of one percent.

“228 positive cases. In a way, the zip code wide rate was like a beep of a metal detector that told us where to dig.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio says officials will be knocking on doors and making phone calls.

“With a simple message. Everyone needs to get tested. We want to get everyone tested as quickly as possible.”

Mayor de Blasio calls it a warning light but is not sure why there is an uptick in Sunset Park.

“We’re going to be out there intensely to get that answer quickly.”