Cuomo: Brooklyn a 'major contributor' as state infection rate increases

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state's infection rate ticked up to 1.5 percent overall as of Monday and described Brooklyn as a "major contributor" to the increase in cases during a briefing.

The 10 ZIP codes in New York state with the highest infection rates accounted for 25 percent of the positive COVID-19 tests the state reported on Sunday, despite the fact that they are only home to 2.9 percent of the state’s population, Cuomo said.

The following ZIP codes had the highest infection rates, the governor said:


"Brooklyn is a major contributor to the number of cases," Cuomo said. The state is sending 200 rapid testing machines to those ZIP codes “immediately,” the governor noted.

On Monday, the statewide infection rate increased 1.5 percent for the first time in months, Cuomo said. 

"We are seeing an elevated positive test rate in the Southern Tier,"  he wrote on Twitter. "This is from 3 clusters at a nursing home in Steuben County, a church gathering in Chemung County and a pub in Broome County. Wear a mask. Get tested. Stop the spread."

The state reported more than 1,000 new daily COVID cases Saturday for the first time since June, though Cuomo's office stressed that came out of nearly 100,000 tests, almost double the daily June test number.

According to the Department of Health, the  ZIP codes causing a concern include the Gravesend/Homecrest area, where the positivity rate hit 6.75 percent Sunday.

Other areas include Midwood (5.34 percent), Kew Gardens (3.82 percent), Edgemere/Far Rockaway (3.9 percent), Borough Park (4.63 percent), Bensonhurst/Mapleton (4.41 percent), Sheepshead Bay (3.91 percent), Flatlands/Midwood (3.85 percent) and Williamsburg (1.78 percent).