Mapping New York City’s New Covid Hotspots

Governor Andrew Cuomo said New York City public and private schools in viral hot spots must close Tuesday, and he threatened to shut religious institutions if members don’t follow rules about masks and social distancing.

Businesses are less likely than schools and religious gatherings to spread the virus, and can stay open as the state devises a better targeting system than ZIP codes, Cuomo said. Those comments seemed to conflict with those by Mayor Bill de Blasio, who said he will close non-essential businesses in the hot spots on Oct. 7 “unless we hear otherwise” from the state, as they work toward a “final resolution.”

“We are going to be ready to move as soon as Wednesday morning,” de Blasio said. The city will move ahead “to ensure it doesn’t turn into a second wave across all of New York City.”

Recent Covid Hot Spots in New York City

Identified by governor as Covid hot spots

4-week cases per 100k

Identified by governor as Covid hot spots

4-week cases per 100k

Identified by governor as Covid hot spots

4-week cases per 100k

Source: New York City Department of Health and staff reporting