At least nine New York City neighborhoods could face new lockdowns as coronavirus infection rates surge in parts of Brooklyn and Queens.
Health officials warned about the emergence of COVID-19 clusters in several zip codes last week, saying that they would begin rolling back reopenings in affected areas as early as Monday if the numbers don't improve.
'This may be the most precarious moment that we're facing since we have emerged from lockdown,' Dr Dave Chokshi of the Department of Health & Mental Hygiene told a Friday press briefing.
'We will move as swiftly as the situation warrants. If this growth continues, it will turn into widespread transmission potentially citywide.'
Nine neighborhoods are said to be on the list of high-risk zip codes that could see 'an immediate scaling back of activities', which may include bans on gatherings of 10 or more people, mask fines and the closure of non-essential businesses.
The highest increase in positive cases was seen in the Gravesend/Homecrest area in south Brooklyn, where the positivity rate hit 6.42 percent on Friday.
Other problems areas include Midwood (5.05 percent), Kew Gardens (4.18 percent), Edgemere/Far Rockaway (4.03 percent), Borough Park (3.9 percent), Bensonhurst/Mapleton (3.45 percent), Sheepshead Bay (3.34 percent), Flatlands/Midwood (3.1 percent) and Williamsburg (1.55 percent).
At least nine New York City neighborhoods could face new lockdowns as coronavirus infection rates surge in parts of Brooklyn and Queens. The graphic above shows the positivity rate in those nine neighborhoods
Another Queens neighborhood, Woodside, caused concern over the weekend after police broke up a wedding of nearly 300 people who were not complying with state and city coronavirus restrictions.
Deputy sheriffs arrived at Royal Elite Palace Caterers on Garfield Avenue just before midnight on Friday night and found about 284 people inside - exceeding the state limit of 50 people at social gatherings.
The sheriff's office said a live band was playing and food and alcohol were being served while guests ignored social distancing guidelines.
The crowd was ordered to leave the event hall immediately, and the owner and manager of the venue were ticketed for misdemeanor offenses.
Royal Elite owner Aba Cohen was cited for violating the mayor's emergency coronavirus measure and unlawfully altering the nature or character of a business.
Manager Paata Sichinava was cited for four similar offenses.
Woodside was not among the nine neighborhoods at risk of new lockdowns.
Police broke up a wedding of nearly 300 people who were not complying with state and city coronavirus restrictions on Friday in the Woodside neighborhood of Queens
The wedding was held at Royal Elite Palace Caterers on Garfield Avenue (pictured)
The health department has said it is keeping a close eye on six neighborhoods - Borough Park, Midwood, Bensonhurst, South Williamsburg, Far Rockaway and Kew Gardens - which account for around 20 percent of cases around the Big Apple.
Despite surges in those areas, New York City's overall infection has remained low, hovering around one percent.
11368 (Queens - Corona)5,167 cases, 447 deaths
10467 (Bronx - Norwood and Olinville)3,928 cases, 334 deaths
11373 (Queens - Elmhurst)3,585 cases, 297 deaths
11219 (Brooklyn - Borough Park)3,412 cases, 242 deaths
10469 (Bronx - Allerton, Pelham Gardens and Baychester)3,293 cases, 369 deaths
10468 (Bronx - Kingsbridge Heights)3,219 cases, 225 deaths
11236 (Brooklyn - Canarsie)3,066 cases, 303 deaths
10314 (Staten Island - Mid-Island)3,031 cases, 203 deaths
11230 (Brooklyn - Ocean Parkway and Midwood)2,957 cases, 229 deaths
10456 (Bronx - Claremont Village and Morrisania)2,946 cases, 300 deaths
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo raised the alarm about the potential for spikes on Saturday after the state recorded more than 1,000 new positive cases - the highest daily number since June 5.
Cuomo said there were 1,005 positive cases tallied on Friday out of 99,953 tests, for a one percent positive rate.
On Saturday, there were 866 positive cases out of 84,770 tests, for a 1.02 percent positive rate.
From late July through the start of September the state was seeing an average of around 660 people test positive per day. In the seven-day period that ended Friday, the state had averaged 817 positive tests per day.
However, that number of daily positive tests in a state of more than 19 million people still puts New York in a much better position than