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Cuomo wants more testing in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color

Posted at 4:47 PM, May 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-09 17:09:56-04

BEDFORD-STUYVESANT, Brooklyn — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that the downward trend is continuing for new cases, hospitalizations and intubations.

However, he notes that communities of color and low-income neigborhoods are being affected by the virus at a higher rate. The state is now stepping up testing access with new sites at churches.

“We are doing more testing in low income communities and communities of color,” Cuomo said.

At his daily news briefing, Cuomo announced a partnership with Northwell Health to begin testing for the antibodies of the coronavirus at 24 sites across the city. The testing will begin next week.

“The churches will help us do outreach in the community to get people to get tested and Northwell will do the testing,” the governor explained. Few other details about the testing were released.

“The virus is so new, I think it’s really important to get the antibody testing,” said Tulsi Patel. The 27-year-old Huntington, Long Island woman applauds Gov. Cuomo’s new intiative for antibody testing. Just four weeks ago, this new bride says she lost the love of her life, her husband Luke Workoff, to COVID-19 and she just can’t get over how quickly it happened.

“We don’t know how he contracted the virus,” Patel told PIX11 News via zoom. “We didn’t think a healthy 33-year-old would pass from the virus six months after getting married,” she added.

Tulsi worries there is too much of a push to reopen New York City soon. She is hoping social distancing, masks and gloves are still being worn and everybody who can gets the antibody testing.

“If something is in place to make sure everyone is safe while being able to be tested for antibodies,” she said. “That is the most important part of the outcome we want,” she added.

The second wave of the church-coordinated antibody testing will begin the week of May 19th.