Lower-income, minority groups in NYC hit hardest by COVID-19

David Marcus, the author of an op-ed calling for an urgent reopening of New York City's economy, appeared on "America's Newsroom" Tuesday to explain why businesses need to reopen after waiting two months for the curve of coronavirus cases to flatten.

The highest rate was recorded in Morrisania, The Bronx, where 43 percent of residents tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies.

New York City residents from low-income communities have tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies at a higher-than-average rate, underscoring the disproportionate impact of the disease on people of color, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday. More than 194,500 cases and 14,800 deaths occurred in New York City.

"My position (on schools reopening) is that I don't have a position", Cuomo said. This is such a relief, but it comes little too late for the 5,000-plus nursing home residents (and their families) who have already died in NY.

To combat the disparities, Cuomo said the state will partner with the state's largest health care provider Northwell Health to double church-based testing sites to 44 locations in those hardest-hit neighborhoods.

School districts across the state have also been instructed to make plans toward reopening with proper social distancing, busing arrangements, and other preventive measures before the state can fully assess if the education system can relaunch in the fall.

As of Thursday, May 21, services can once again take place so long as attendees wear protective masks and observe social-distancing guidelines.

"I understand their desire to get to religious ceremonies as soon as possible", said Cuomo. "We got through it".

New York, which has taken a lead in US tracking of the so-called multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, is now investigating 159 cases in the state, Cuomo said.