QUEENS, NY — NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi on Monday warned that Queens is seeing “significant increases” in COVID-19 cases and infection rates.

Queens’ coronavirus infection rate now exceeds 6 percent, and hospitalizations and deaths are on the rise, Chokshi told the Queens Borough Board during a Monday night briefing.

“I know everyone is tired of this virus, but unfortunately the virus is not yet tired of us,” Chokshi told the board, which is chaired by Queens Borough President Donovan Richards and includes the City Council’s Queens representatives.

Chokshi repeated the familiar guidance for Queens residents to stay home if feeling sick, wash their hands, keep their distance, wear a mask and get tested for the coronavirus — even as New York City hospitals start administering vaccines.

Rollout of the vaccine will prioritize 27 neighborhoods hit hardest during the pandemic, including Corona and Jamaica in Queens, Chokshi said. Read More..