By Marivir R. Montebon
New York – Just as when director Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases had remarked that New York set a ‘good example’ in flattening the curve of covid19 pandemic, jubilant crowds were photographed in Astoria and the Lower East Side of Manhattan gathering and drinking without social distancing, and without masks.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo readily issued a statement calling out these New Yorkers. “That’s not New York Tough and it definitely isn’t New York Smart. The virus is still out there and it’s a threat. Even if you are in your twenties, you can get sick and you can get other people sick. So my message to partiers is simple: Knock it off and don’t be stupid,” Cuomo said in a press statement.
Flor Linares, an Astoria resident and a hospital frontline employee, expressed concern on the unabated parties on Steinway which the police have failed to manage.
Queens Council volunteer leader Juliet Payabyab told OSM! Online Magazine that Councilman Costa Constantinidis readily dispatched a pool of volunteers to clean up Steinway. Police patrols have also moved about in the neighborhood to enforce street decorum. Payabyab added that the Brix restaurant had been ordered closed until further notice.
On Sunday, July 19, the Office of Gov. Cuomo reported that there were 716 total hospitalizations in the entire state, the lowest since March 18. The New York State conducted 49,342 tests, of which 519, or 1.05%, were positive. Eight New Yorkers succumbed to the virus on July 19.
Today, July 20, New York State went into its 4th phase of reopening that covered malls, cultural institutions, and restaurants but without additional indoor activities.
New York City’s malls, museums, and gyms remain closed, while indoor dining has not been allowed in restaurants. #