We are halfway through October with less than 75 days remaining in the year. Many of us are looking forward to saying goodbye to 2020 and welcoming 2021. Autumn is nearly over, and the Holiday season will soon be upon us. July through early September were refreshingly calm since the onslaught of this COVID-19 madness which was officially declared on March 16th, 2020 and brought with it: nationwide lockdowns, the closing of nonessential businesses and schools across the nation operating remotely. The statewide infection rate had steadily decreased to rates below 2%, many New Yorkers relaxed thinking we had conquered the dragon and simply needed to contain it until a proper vaccination could be developed. The horizon looked hopeful.
Then without warning we learned that the President of this country Donald J. Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron have all tested positive for COVID-19. In addition to family members, a number of President Trump’s colleagues and associates also tested positive for COVID-19; many of whom were present at the now infamous White House Rose Garden gathering on September 26, 2020.
New Yorkers also received another alarming setback with the recent surges of COVID-19 cases in several New York City neighborhoods. These new cases have forced Governor Andrew Cuomo to order the closure of hundreds of Schools. Below are the zip codes of the positive Coronavirus infection spikes, according to the city data:
- 11219: Borough Park, Brooklyn (8.31 percent)
- 11223: Gravesend/Homecrest, Brooklyn (7.59 percent)
- 11230: Midwood, Brooklyn (6.98 percent)
- 11204: Bensonhurst/Mapleton, Brooklyn (6.47 percent)
- 11210: Flatlands, Brooklyn (5.94 percent)
- 11691: Edgemere/Far Rockaway, Queens (5.63 percent)
- 11229: Gerritsen Beach/Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn (4.36 percent)
- 11367: Kew Gardens Hills/Pomonok, Queens (3.86 percent)
- 11415: Kew Gardens, Queens (3.81 percent)
All of the above referenced neighborhoods have had seven straight days of a positive COVID-19 test rate of 3 percent or higher. Hence, as of Wednesday, October 7th, 2020 all Non-essential businesses in these zip codes have been ordered to shut down, remote/online learning will be enforced at public and private schools, and indoor/ outdoor restaurant dining will be reduced to curbside pickup or delivery. Mayor Bill de Blasio said the restrictions would likely last between two to four weeks.
As the United States surpasses 200,000 Coronavirus related deaths, numbers continue climbing across the country. Public Health Officials and The Law Offices of Marjory Cajoux continue to stress the importance of following COVID-19 guidelines. We are urging everyone to please take social distancing, and COVID-19 best practices seriously. Once again, we are sharing tips with you on staying safe during this critical time which includes:
- If you are sick – STAY HOME. Call your healthcare provider before going to a medical care center or hospital.
- Continue to social distance by staying six feet away from others, especially if you are over the age of 65 or have a pre-existing condition and are at higher risk for contracting a serious illness like COVID-19.
- Continue to wear cloth face coverings in public especially when using UBER, LYFT, mass transit, dinning at restaurants, going to supermarkets, post office, and anyplace social distancing might be challenging. Face covering is most essential when social distancing is difficult!
- Wash your hands at least 20 seconds in warm water as frequently as possible, especially after being in public places, blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Use hand sanitizer at least 60% alcohol when soap and water are not readily available.
- Follow guidelines for your area when it comes to large gatherings. Avoid crowds and mass gatherings.
- Pay attention when walking in any city which can often be congested with people. Although there might be fewer drivers, there will be more pedestrians particularly as we draw closer to the end of the year. Keep smartphone use to a minimum and do not block out noise in both ears with headphones.
- Be sure to check for closures or restrictions prior to visiting nearby parks, trails, or recreational facilities. If open, consider locations where it will be possible to maintain 6 feet of space between yourself and other people who are not from your household.
We encourage everyone to continue living your life the best you can, stay safe, and healthy.