BY THE VILLAGE SUN | Updated Mon., Aug. 2, 1 p.m.: Amid heightened concern over the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant, Community Board 2 reported that two vaccinated people who were at its recent full-board meeting have tested positive.
Sunday evening, Jeannine Kiely and Bob Gormley, the board’s respective chairperson and district manager, sent out an e-mail announcing the breakthrough infections and also that C.B. 2 will be postponing all its committee meetings this week.
“Community Board 2 learned today that two fully vaccinated individuals who attended our full-board meeting on Monday, July 26, have tested positive for COVID-19,” they said. “We encourage everyone to follow C.D.C. guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“To ensure the health and safety of our C.B. 2 members, constituents and the applicants, we have decided to postpone the three C.B. 2 meetings scheduled for the coming week (S.L.A. Licensing 1, Quality of Life and S.L.A. Licensing 2). As soon as we confirm new meeting dates and protocols, we will post these on the C.B. 2 Web site calendar.”
The e-mail did not say if the two individuals were board members or members of the public or describe the severity of their symptoms.
In response to questions from The Village Sun, Kiely said the board could not provide more information on the condition of the two individuals, that the meeting setup took into account social distancing and that the space itself was quite large.
“C.B. 2 cannot comment on an individual’s personal health,” she said. “Both individuals wore masks during the entire meeting. C.B. 2 also set up chairs to allow for social distancing. The room’s capacity is well over 700.”
She did not immediately say if the two persons were board members or not.
The July 26 meeting was held in the basement hall of St. Anthony’s Church, at Sullivan and Houston Sts. There was a crowd, at least initially, as members of the public came to testify on the Soho/Noho rezoning plan, which the board later voted overwhelmingly to reject.
C.B. 2 covers the area bounded by 14th and Canal Sts., Bowery/Fourth Ave. and the Hudson River.