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N.Y. Leads The Nation In COVID-19 Tests, But The Effort Still Lags Behind Demand

NEW YORK — This jampacked city, with its high-rises, brownstones and cheek-by-jowl single-family homes, is a ripe environment for the novel coronavirus that has killed more than 11,000 residents. That density also complicates a key strategy for alleviating the epidemic: testing.

In their initial response to the pandemic, city and state officials called for federal health officials to move more quickly on increasing testing capacity, seeking to identify those who had contracted the virus and isolate them to help stem the outbreak.

“Our single-greatest challenge is the lack of fast federal action to increase testing capacity and, without that, we cannot beat this epidemic back,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

However, when it became clear that they lacked sufficient diagnostic tests and needed to preserve personal protective equipment for health care workers to treat hospitalized patients, city officials shifted to calling instead for testing only the sickest people —

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Retiree-Rich Palm Beach County Leads Florida In COVID-19 Deaths

JUPITER, Fla. — No place in Florida has recorded more deaths from COVID-19 than Palm Beach County, the tropical vacation and retirement destination that bills itself — chutzpah notwithstanding — as “The Best of Everything.”

As of Wednesday afternoon, 69 people in the South Florida county of 1.5 million had died after being infected with the novel coronavirus. The death toll outpaces the state’s two more populated counties, including Miami-Dade, which has nearly twice the population and 49 deaths.

Health experts attribute the county’s high mortality rate to three factors: a large elder population, with 1 in 4 residents 65 or over; its lack of available testing, particularly compared with its southern neighbors, Broward and Miami-Dade counties; and frequent travel among residents and visitors to and from the New York metro area, the national epicenter of the outbreak.

Dr. Larry Bush, an infectious disease specialist in the county, said that,

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