Once again, New York City is at the centre of the coronavirus pandemic, where a second wave predicated by experts seems to be coming to fruition.
Positive test results in the Empire State have seen a steady uptick in the last few weeks, with no remission in sight. This week, the test result rate in New York was at just over 2% — a high last seen in June during the throes of the pandemic. Are things reverting? Covid deaths and hospital admissions have seen a vertical trend as well, and in some states ICU wards are already threatening to hit capacity.
In the wake of the new surge or “second wave” as health experts have termed it, Gov. Cuomo announced restrictions throughout New York State that were reminiscent of the surreal, early days of the viral surge. The restrictions go into effect pretty much immediately, and include limitations of 10 people to private indoor and outdoor gatherings. Gyms, bars and restaurants now have a 10 pm curfew. And in news that probably brought fresh anxiety, Mayor Bill de Blasio warned parents to prepare themselves for school closures as soon as Monday, November 16th.
Thanksgiving definitely won’t be the same in 2020, folks.