PARK SLOPE, BROOKLYN — The new coronavirus outbreak has altered everyday life in New York City, and Park Slope is no exception.
It's tough to keep up with the latest news, so Patch will break down what has happened in your neighborhood, the city and what to expect.
How many people have the new coronavirus in New York City? How about Brooklyn and Park Slope?
As of March 26, 21,873 people tested positive for the virus in New York City, according to city officials. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday that 385 people have died from the virus.
There were 5,232 confirmed coronavirus cases in Brooklyn, as of March 25. Of those, 919 required hospitalization, according to the city.
The data doesn't show how many cases there are in Park Slope.
So what's happening in Park Slope?
A lot and very little. Restaurants and bars are closed except for takeout and the neighborhood, like the rest of the city, is under a "stay-at-home" order.
But life goes on, and people are adjusting to their days under the coronavirus' shadow.
A Park Sloper's help list offers people from the neighborhood and across Brooklyn a chance to volunteer for people in need of assistance during the outbreak, or to ask for help with errands.
The Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club have a similar list of ways to help businesses in the neighborhood next door.
The CHiPs soup kitchen has a donation pop-up if people want to give out packaged or pre-made meals to people in need.
Sign up for the Fifth Avenue Park Slope Business Improvement District's newsletter and email list for news affecting local businesses.
What about social distancing? How's that going?
Not so well, at least according to some vocal Park Slopers who took to their balconies to shout at pedestrians. Other people say a little exercise is necessary and they should mind their own business.
The famed Park Slope Food Coop has new rules limiting the number of people down its aisles. Another Park Slope grocer has "seniors only" hours to help protect the elderly, who are vulnerable to the virus.
If you're feeling cooped up, Park Slope's own Patrick Stewart is reading a daily sonnet.
How long is this going to last?
De Blasio and his health experts expect the city will not return to normalcy until September. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has suggested it could be even longer. The truth is, nobody knows for certain.
How can I keep on top of coronavirus developments?
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A State of Emergency has been called in the city. What does that mean?
Effectively, it gives the mayor increased powers and funding to cope with a crisis. According to the city's charter, those powers include:
- The ability to institute a curfew.
- To restrict pedestrian/vehicular movement.
- To close "places of public assemblage."
What can I do to help?
If you are able to make Personal Protective Equipment for health care workers — such as gowns, gloves or masks — reach out to the NYC Economic Development Corporation and/or contact the state's economic development agency by calling 646-522-8477 or emailing email@example.com.
If you are a health care professional, sign up here to volunteer to provide medical aid in the fight against the virus. (Many retirees have already signed up!) And a volunteer network called NYC Covid Worker Care is looking for mental health professionals and others to help support medical workers on the frontlines of the crisis.