Now, New York and cities across the country must be counted with a mixture of coronavirus, vast unemployment, and systemic racism – a toxic trio that severely damages black societies.
“This is a moment of victory for New Yorkers who fought against the disease,” said Mayor Bill de Palacio. “My message is to stick to it.”
However, hairdressing salons, offices and internal seats in bars and restaurants are still prohibited until the next reopening phase. Broadway shows, museums and large cultural gatherings are still a long way off.
New York has come a long way since March.
The 78-day closure is the longest in the country and comes weeks after other parts of the country have reached the standards necessary to reopen them.
Public health crises of coronavirus and racism
State Governor Andrew Como said Sunday: “Look at what we did. We straighten the curve? Forget the curve.” We’re curved curves, if there is such a thing. “
David Williams, Professor of Public Health and African American Studies at Harvard University, said Covid 19 is the latest disease disproportionately affecting minority communities.
“It is not a new style,” he said. “The mere Covid-19 sheds a bright light on a long-standing pattern, and we didn’t do what we could to make a difference.”
“While everyone worries about the risk of Covid disease, there are risks that just black in this country sometimes exceeds that,” said Dr. Abbey Hussein, a fellow of infectious diseases at Washington University. “The sad part is that the group protesting about their rights are the same people who have already been disproportionately affected by the disease.”
Over 500 deaths a day are at their peak
The increase in the number of patients resulted in the treatment of patients in the corridors, the use of personal protection equipment by nurses and doctors, and funerals, and field hospitals in Central Park, the Javits Convention Center and on board the USNS Comfort Hospital ship.
Since then, mortality and hospitalization rates have decreased, and hospital bed space, test capacity, and contact tracking are high enough that New York City can enter the first stage of reopening it.
As of Sunday, New York hospitals had received 72 people due to Covid-19, 324 people are still in intensive care units, and 4% of the city is currently a positive test for Covid-19, de Palacio said.
Como said 35 people died across the state from Coved 19 on Saturday and 45 people died on Sunday.
“Compared to where we were, this is a big sigh,” he said.
Como said that to celebrate these downward trends, landmarks across New York State will be lit in blue and gold on Sunday night.
Como said that projections of the phrase “New York difficult” would also appear across the state.
As office workers across the state start returning to the workplace, Como said he will also sign an executive order allowing commercial buildings to measure the temperature of people entering.
“We give commercial buildings the right to measure the temperature of everyone who enters a building. Not only your health, but the people you can catch,” Como said.
Laura Lee, Mali Simon and Elizabeth Joseph of CNN contributed to this report.