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Bronx is a ticking coronavirus timebomb: health workers

Added 03-28-20 02:18:02am EST - “The Bronx is a "ticking time bomb" when it comes to the coronavirus, and could soon become the epicenter for New York's crisis with the deadly bug, local health workers told The Post. T?” - Nypost.com

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The Bronx is a “ticking time bomb” when it comes to the coronavirus, and could soon become the epicenter for New York’s crisis with the deadly bug, local health workers told The Post.

The borough had 4,243 recorded coronavirus cases as of Friday night, according to city officials — fewer than Brooklyn’s 6,095 cases, or Queens’ 7,362 cases.

But the Bronx is still ripe for a COVID-19 epidemic because of its high numbers of residents living in multigenerational housing with a relative lack of resources, said Sumir Sahgal, the chief medical officer for Essen Health Care, which provides primary, specialty and urgent care for over 80,000 Bronx residents.

If primary care offices don’t receive badly needed supplies soon, it “could lead to a potential explosion amongst the Bronx residents,” who currently total 1.5 million, Sahgal said. “It may not be the most populated, but it is at the highest proportional risk of all counties.”

Saghal’s staff is running dangerously low on protective equipment such as masks and gloves and has had to close clinic locations as caregivers themselves fall ill with the virus.

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