When Dave A. Chokshi was appointed commissioner in August of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the percentage of New York City residents testing positive for the coronavirus was at one of its lowest points, a promising moment that put the worst days of the pandemic in the rearview mirror.
But only 10 weeks into his tenure, Dr. Chokshi, a primary care physician, has pressing worries.
With a resurgence of cases in Brooklyn and Queens—which have now required new lockdowns in several neighborhoods, including the one where he lives with his wife and toddler daughter—Dr. Chokshi is concerned about controlling hot spots. He is worried that misinformation about herd immunity and the seriousness of the illness, as well as testing, has played a role in the spread of the virus in Brooklyn and Queens.
“I’m worried that what we’re seeing with respect to the increase in