Dr. Deborah Birx announced on Monday that the coronavirus infection rate in New York City is five times the rate of other US cities.
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Doctors are finding that over one-fourth of submitted specimens are testing positive from the the New York City area.
DEBORAH BIRX: "The New York metro area…[has] an attack rate close to 1 in 1000. This is 5x what the other areas are seeing there…We're finding that 28% of the submitted specimens are positive…it’s less than 8% in the rest of the country."
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This comes after Mayor Bill DeBlasio told New Yorkers to “mostly go about their daily lives – sending children to school, frequenting the city’s businesses” as coronavirus was spreading in the community.
The Washington Examiner reported.
Deborah Birx revealed that New York City has a coronavirus infection rate five times that of other United States cities.
During a press conference on Monday, Birx noted that she believes the virus has been “circulating” throughout the city for weeks, leading to the massive outbreak that New Yorkers have experienced in the last week.
“The New York metro area of New Jersey, New York City, and parts of Long Island have an attack rate close to one in 1,000,” Birx said.” This is five times what the other areas are seeing. And through the lab investigations, we are finding 28% of submitted specimens are positive from that area where it’s less than 8% in the rest of the country.”
She continued, “So to all of my friends and colleagues in New York, this is the group that needs to absolutely social distance and self-isolate at this time. Clearly, the virus has been circulating there for a number of weeks to have this level of penetrance into the general community.”
As of Monday evening, New York had more than 20,000 cases of coronavirus and 157 deaths related to the disease.