Number of positive coronavirus tests in New York climb to highest since early June

The news that there were 1,005 positive cases Friday in the state came as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio threatened to shut down private schools and non-essential businesses in certain Queens and Brooklyn neighborhoods where COVID-19 cases have surged recently.

Officials have targeted nine neighborhoods – home to large communities of ultra-Orthodox families – where there is less compliance with wearing face coverings and keeping 6 feet apart compared to other parts of the city.

City health officials said they want to see progress on compliance by Monday night or they will take action.