The Bronx’s impoverished communities of color have been hardest hit by the pandemic, laying bare disturbing racial inequities in health care and access to treatment.
Billy Rosario, 39, of the Bronx, is charged with aggravated harassment in Friday’s incident aboard a northbound No. 5 train shortly after 8 a.m, according to the NYPD.
Legislation introduced this week in the U.S. House of Representatives would suspend deportations of Haitian nationals – including members of the Bronx’s large Haitian community – amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The NYPD has arrested 125 people on charges related to the coronavirus outbreak, including 113 who are black or Latino, police said.
A state official told Bronx Justice News multiple employees at Bronxwood Assisted Living in Williamsbridge have reported a lack of personal protection equipment and supplies, no face coverings for residents, and mismanagement by administrators, leading to the deaths of 12 or more residents.
The testing program, part of a multi-phase effort by the state to assess how many New Yorkers have contracted the disease, randomly surveyed 3,000 residents at stores across 19 counties and 40 locations.
Roughly a month into the coronavirus crisis, New York State has been criticized for not making COVID-19 tests more accessible to low-income communities of color, which have been disproportionally impacted in the Bronx.
The mayor, who has faced criticism for a lack of coronavirus testing in the Bronx, said he hoped a community-testing program could begin by week’s end. But that timeline is contingent upon the feds shipping much-needed kits to New York City.
Coronavirus tests are being heavily rationed across the Bronx, with low-income residents growing increasingly desperate for diagnosis and treatment in the city’s hardest hit borough.
The bodies of NYCHA tenants felled by coronavirus are routinely being found inside their Bronx apartments, as an acute shortage of COVID-19 testing and treatment continues to devastate low-income communities, tenant advocates told Bronx Justice News.