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Likely tied to a recent bulge in visitors on Roosevelt Island, many maskless, coronavirus infection rates again jumped dramatically. And new threats from crowds of cherry blossom lovers may sustain the trend.

With coronavirus infection rates leaping over 25% to 2.31%, this week, Roosevelt Island lags behind dozens of other communities in controlling the now yearlong outbreak. In the week ending April 13th, 9 out of 389 tests were positive.

And Roosevelt Island also showed a worrisome decrease in testing.

All statistics are provided by the New York City Department of Health.

As we reported earlier, residents complained bitterly when visitors enjoying the fresh air during spring break removed their face masks on arrival. Families donning masks required for Tram and subway riders pulled them down or removed them in public areas.

A masked father leads his masked family past the Citi Bike racks near the Tram. Three other adult men have removed their masks upon exiting the Tram.

RIOC‘s Public Safety Department reportedly refused to act.

The current city rate of infections is 5.34%, and in Manhattan, it’s 2.49%.

Overall, Roosevelt Island, which for months was among the five best communities in infection rates, is no longer in the top twenty-five.

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