May 11, 2020 By Christian Murray
Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the city could see the easing of restrictions beginning next month.
The mayor said that with the spread of COVID-19 slowing, there is a chance that the city may allow the reopening of some nonessential businesses next month.
“June is when we are potentially going to be able to make some real changes, if we can continue our progress,” de Blasio said at his daily press briefing this morning.
“We’re going to always go by the data,” he added. “It’s been pretty good and pretty consistent. It’s not quite been what we need it to be, but definitely trending the right direction.”
De Blasio has used three metrics as a yardstick for when the restrictions can ease—the rate of hospitalizations, the number of people in critical care and the percentage of people who test positive. When each has dropped for 10 consecutive days and is below a set threshold the restrictions can ease.
All three measures have continued to trend downward, although some days they have ticked up.
The number of hospitalizations dropped to 55 on Saturday from 68 the day before, according to the latest NYC Health data. Meanwhile, the number of people in critical care dipped to 537 from 540 and the percentage of people who tested positive dropped to 13 percent from 17 percent.
“This is exactly the kind of day we want to see,” the mayor said. “Now, let’s say we can stretch a number of these days together.”
The recent news about the plight of workers in mid-west meat-processing plants, workers who are coming down with the virus and dying as a result of unsafe working conditions, made me wonder if we do not have something similar in Greenpoint.
When I used to visit the huge Acme Fish processing plant on their retail “fish Fridays”, I could not help but notice the many workers going in & out of the hidden fish processing areas.
Is the plant still operating? Are the workers as safe and protected as possible? Have precautions been taken to keep workers apart? Have they been provided with the proper protective equipment such as masks, gloves and face shields? Are they being tested? Can they take paid sick leave and quarantine if they are ill? Or are they forced to choose beween starvation and risking the lives of their fellow employees?
This might be an excellent place for a journalist to investigate, to interview workers, etc. — especially with regard to low-wage and immigrant employees who might be afraid to speak up. They, their families, and the wider community need to be safe.
Workers cannot be sacrificial lemming “warriors” for self-serving President Bone Spurs, as he yells “full speed ahead” amid the Covid-19 icebergs that are still all around us.
Feel better now that you’ve done for virtue signalling for the day?