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City to Deploy 400 NYPD Officers to Cluster Areas, Including Kew Gardens, Far Rockaway

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Oct. 1, 2020 By Allie Griffin

City Hall will deploy hundreds of city workers to enforce coronavirus rules and educate residents in nine neighborhoods that are seeing an alarming uptick in COVID-19 cases.

The city will send out 400 NYPD officers, more than 300 Test & Trace Corps members and 250 additional agency staff to the neighborhoods in southern Brooklyn and Queens, including Kew Gardens, Kew Gardens Hills and Far Rockaway.

The nine neighborhoods account for 25 percent of all coronavirus cases citywide over the past two weeks, according to the Department of Health.

The police officers and other city workers will hand out free masks to residents in the nine areas and will issue fines to people who refuse to wear a mask.

Meanwhile the Sheriff’s Office and the Office of Special Enforcement will inspect private schools and businesses for noncompliance to COVID regulations. Mayor Bill de Blasio said businesses can be fined or even shut down if they are repeat offenders.

The city is also doing outreach and public information campaigns in multiple languages as well as deploying robocalls and sound trucks to relay COVID-19 guidelines like social distancing, hand washing and mask wearing.

The city is increasing coronavirus testing at all of the affected neighborhoods in an effort to control the spread of the virus as well.

Health officials are also monitoring another four neighborhoods that are seeing an increased growth of cases. These neighborhoods of concern include Rego Park and Williamsburg.

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Johnathan Willson

As you have already known the numbers of the covid-19 are increasing in some neighborhoods regardless of who lives in these areas It’s not about Race or Religion it’s only about keeping people from getting sick. Because this covid-19 Only recognizes How to cause illness and DEATH ! so please wear your mask use hand sanitizer and wash your hands we must keep these numbers down otherwise The Next Person that Dies may be someone you Love. also schools and businesses will be closed again and we all need Money and I’m sure no one wants DEATH and Loss of Income, So please do the right thing . Thank You.

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Rosemary Sherman

Please check out the Over Look Forest Park playground in Kew Gardens. No masks!
Thank you.

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Sara Ross

I wish they would monitor Forest Hills too. From 71st Avenue down to Rego Park (especially those going to and from temple). I was sitting outside today and saw more than 20 people not wearing masks. Why should my health be jeopardized by stupid people?

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