A cluster of positive coronavirus cases was confirmed among the Hasidic community in Borough Park on Wednesday as their Satmar Rebbe issued an edict to close all religious buildings, The Post has learned.
A rep for Asisa Urgent Care, which caters predominantly to the Hasidic community, told The Post Wednesday they had “over 150” positive COVID-19 tests come back and the majority of people tested “were from the community.”
“More are coming in as we speak,” the rep said.
As of Wednesday at 3 p.m. there were a total of 1,339 cases in the Big Apple, meaning the 150-plus cases in Borough Park account for more than 10% of the positive test results.
The news comes as two videos emerged late Tuesday showing members of the Orthodox Jewish community and the Hasidic community openly defying social distancing orders by hosting crowded, raucous weddings.
New York State Commissioner of Health Howard Zucker said they are “looking into” the possible cluster in Borough Park but staff for Governor Andrew Cuomo declined to say anything further, citing an ongoing investigation.
However, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city health department denied there was a cluster Wednesday, saying there’s a growing number of cases citywide, not just in Borough Park.
Late Tuesday, the head of the ultra-conservative Satmar Hasidic sect in Williamsburg issued a directive ordering all synagogues and other religious buildings to be closed, according to a copy of the edict posted to Twitter.
The edict said the Jewish community should obey the law and for the next 15 days, all Satmar synagogues, yeshivas and schools will be closed.
Additional reporting by Bernadette Hogan, Julia Marsh and Rich Calder