Brooklyn Coronavirus Briefing March 13: State of Emergency

Updated throughout the day:
LATEST NUMBERS: 24 confirmed cases in Brooklyn as of 4pm yesterday. 95 in the city total, of those 25 in Manhattan, 17 in Queens, 10 in the Bronx and 5 in SI. Of the 95, 22 were in hospitals.
As of 2pm today: 159 cases in NYC, 59 new. Brooklyn total still at 24. Testing is still very limited. Total number tested in NY state is 3,200 people, 421 tested positive, according to Cuomo, 12% hospitalization rate. 
FROM MAYOR’s BRIEFING (you can watch at the link)

  • School attendance on Friday 68%, down from 85% on Thursday as parents who can keep kids home. Schools to remain open for now, deemed critical to allow healthcare and transit workers to work.
  • Brooklyn College Academy school and four Brooklyn Occupational Centers close today over self-reported positive coronavirus cases. Brooklyn Occupational Center serves students who are medically fragile, and a teacher has self-reported a positive case. The city is closing all four program locations and will immediately clean and disinfect the sites. Families will be notified in advance of reopening.
  • Brooklyn College Closed:


  • Attendance was down at all public schools yesterday. If you can and decide to keep your child home, you need to inform the school and they will mark them with a special code so it does not count against attendance. Anecdotal reports today of many schools at 50% attendance.
  • Success Academy Charter Schools close, move to remote learning.
  • Chair of the City Council’s Education Committee Mark Treyger is calling to adopt contingency plans, keep your kids home if you can. We spoke to him last night about why.

  • Residents across the city are emptying shelves at all local groceries. Park Slope Food Coop has had a line out the door for days now.
  • Advocates call for eviction moratoriums.
  • Families at two schools in Brooklyn — PS 107 in Park Slope and Abraham Lincoln High School near Brighton Beach — are questioning why parents who tested positive for COVID-19 didn’t trigger the closure of their building.

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Liena Zagare

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  1. What about people who unemployment about to run out what do they do can’t find work what are these people going do.

  2. Virginia Lee, excellent point. They seem to be overlooking that and also people in general running out of food and supplies. People are “hoarding” food leaving the shelves bare. I’m wondering if there’s a plan in place to feed those who have run out of food and if so, how will it be distributed.

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