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Vaccination remains a priority, but officials warn of some high rates of infection due to variations – CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) While the focus has shifted to the city’s immunization efforts, COVID-19 is still a real threat.

In some communities, infection rates reach 14%. Add to that the more contagious variants and concerned health officials, CBS2’s Aundrea Cline-Thomas reported on Monday.

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Richmond Hill residents are now dripping into the Queens library that has been converted into one COVID test site.

It was far from the lines seen at the venue in January.

“The downlink is really bad. Before, it was halfway there. Now, just walk in, ”said resident Joel Evelyn.


The number of people examined across the city has plummeted. Meanwhile, one in nine people in Richmond Hill is diagnosed with COVID.

“These are communities where workers, people have no choice but to work,” said Queens Borough President Donovan Richards. “The communities most affected are those that still do not have a permanent vaccine site yet.”

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The highest infection rate was 13% and barely budged, reflecting other neighborhoods in Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island.

“We care. One of the reasons we see the plateau so high or very slowly declining in New York is because of these variations,” said Dr. Jay Varma, the city’s senior public health advisor. co said.


The local resident tested positive for the variants discovered abroad for the first time, but it’s a variant originating from New York City that doctors say are more contagious and still unclear. whether it can cause reinfection or not.

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However, the state continues to loosen restrictions, a move Major Bill de Blasio indicates that it may need to be reassessed.

“If we see especially that the number of people in the hospital is increasing and or the number of people we lose is increasing, those are different facts and then we will reset different options, ”Said de Blasio.

So far, that hasn’t happened. But the threat remained and a renewed urgency so that everyone can be vaccinated.

The mayor said due to the variation he did not want to see an expansion into the indoor dining area, and also raised concerns about Group fitness classes started again. His team will be monitoring the data, he said.


Local doctors say spring breakers will definitely contribute to the next wave of the virus.

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Dr. Alexander Salerno of the Salerno Medical Association said: “It will be in the next 30 days because of the two public holidays, because spring break is coming home. “We were robbed last year, but we could be robbed of more than a vacation now if we start to see a spike in this new strain.”

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Salerno, who practices East Orange, said the area saw a similar spike occurred during Thanksgiving and Christmas. We already have vaccines, but we are also competing with relevant new variants, CBS2’s Jessica Layton reports.

“There are a total of 400 reports on CDC variants of interest in our state,” said New Jersey Health Commissioner, Dr. Judy Persichilli.

That includes more than 300 variant infections discovered first in the UK and 65 variant infections first found in New York City. Multiple viral mutations have resulted in a spike in 12 states, of which New Jersey ranks first.

Some experts also blame pandemic fatigue.

“We are back to leading the nation in spreading this virus,” Governor Phil Murphy to speak. “The presence of a vaccine does not mean that the pandemic has ended.”

New Jersey did not follow in the lead New York and Connecticut neighbors in reducing age eligible for vaccine. Garden State continues to provide this service to residents 65 and older, as well as teachers and people with an underlying health condition.

Salerno said the state should not only lower the age to 50, but also increase the distribution of doses of medicine to doctors, especially in communities of color. Supply continues to be the state’s main problem, of course.

“At first, we didn’t have protective gear. Then we didn’t have the gauze to test, and now in the final stages of this we don’t have the vaccine, ”said Salerno.

CBS2’s Jessica Layton contributed to this report



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