Three Orthodox Jewish men die of COVID-19 a few hours after arriving in a hospital in New York – as Mayor de Blasio threatens to lock them down in affected districts
- The three men presented on different days this week at Maimonides Medical Center in Borough Park
- Each of them were so sick when they got to the hospital that they died shortly after being admitted
- Borough Park is one of six neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queen that have seen recent increases in COVID-19 cases, according to health officials
- The city has threatened crackdown in these areas if the situation does not improve by Monday
- Non-essential businesses could be closed and gatherings of more than 1
Three members of New York City’s Orthodox Jewish community have died of COVID-19 just hours after being admitted to the same hospital.
The three men presented on different days this week at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn’s Borough Park neighborhood with severe coronavirus symptoms.
According to the New York Post, each of the men was “too sick to be saved” and died before they could be treated properly. Their names have not been published publicly.
Three members of New York City’s Orthodox Jewish community have died of COVID-19 just hours after their presentation at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn (pictured).
The deaths are due to an alarming increase in COVID-19 cases in several New York neighborhoods home to large Orthodox Jewish communities.
Borough Park is one of four areas in Brooklyn currently monitored by the city health department. Midwood, Bensonhurst, and South Williamsburg are the others.
The Queens neighborhoods of Far Rockaway and Kew Gardens are also watched.
According to the Department of Health, these six neighborhoods account for around 20 percent of all recent COVID-19 cases in the Big Apple.
On Thursday, the New York Department of Health threatened next week to close non-essential stores in these neighborhoods if the number of coronavirus infections didn’t go down.
“For the first time in the city’s recovery phase, activities in these zip codes could be scaled back immediately if no progress is made by next Monday evening,” the ministry said in a statement.
Ambulances line up outside Maimonides Medical Center in Borough Park on Friday
Mayor Bill de Blasio also noted the surge in these neighborhoods, stating: “It is something that we must address immediately with a very aggressive public health effort.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio also noted the surge in these neighborhoods, stating, “It is something that we must address immediately with a very aggressive public health effort.”
Dr. Mitch Katz, the CEO of New York City’s public health system, said the city will hand out masks, gloves and hand sanitizer while officials urge religious leaders to reaffirm important public health messages.
Robocalls in English and Yiddish and sound trucks will push residents to physically distance themselves and wear face covering, Katz said.
While the positive test rate is low across the city, health officials say rates are significantly higher in these six neighborhoods: Midwood (12%), Borough Park (15%), Bensonhurst (14%), and South Williamsburg (8%) . as well as Queens’ Far Rockaway (14%) and Kew Gardens (11%).
The surge in cases in these six boroughs has not caused a spike in the average weekly trends for infection in New York City. There has been a slight increase in daily COVID-19 cases across the city over the past two weeks, but the average positive test rate is still 1%