Coronavirus Updates: New York Schools Reopening Document Is Only ‘Sneak Peek’, Not Plan, Says Cuomo Advisor


This is our daily update of the latest COVID-19 news for Sunday August 2, 2020. Previous Daily Updates can be found here, and updated statistics are here.New York is in Phase 4 reopening now, which includes zoos, botanical gardens and professional sports (without fans). A glance to prepare for the spread of the coronavirus is here, and if you have lingering questions about the virus, here is our Regularly updated coronavirus faqs. Here are some local and national hotlines for more information: NYC: 311; New York State Hotline: 888-364-3065; NJ State Hotline: 800-222-1222.

Here is the latest:

14h10: A high-level adviser to Governor Andrew Cuomo has criticized the plan to reopen New York’s schools as a “plan” rather than a comprehensive plan, after an initial review of the document submitted Friday night.

The New York City Department of Education submitted a 32-page plan after 5 p.m. on Friday, so state officials have yet to have a chance to carefully read those New York City plans. as well as other major school districts. But compared to other school districts, it’s not as long, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s adviser Jim Malatras said during a press call on Sunday.

“There hasn’t been a chance to delve into those plans, but to put it in perspective, what has been submitted looks like a preview, not a plan. It’s about 30 pages long, ”said Malatras, also the SUNY Empire President of State College. “And just to put it in context, the New York School District has 866 schools and 1.1 million students, while other plans that have been submitted are much more detailed at least at first glance. ”

The Yonkers School District, which has 39 schools and 27,000 students, submitted an 80-page plan. In Albany, authorities sent a 60- to 70-page reopening plan, which covers 18 schools and 10,000 students.

Cuomo added, “It’s about being comfortable for parents. ”

“Just because the school district says we’re open doesn’t mean the students are going to leave,” Cuomo said. “They are very uncertain about this proposal, and it will depend on the plan of this school district.

He said major questions remained, such as how schools will conduct the tests, the number of tests that would constitute a representative sample, and the question of the turnaround time for coronavirus tests amid spikes in infection throughout. country and longer wait times for test results.

“These national labs are getting slower and slower,” Cuomo said.

On Saturday, the governor said he was “disappointed” that the city had tabled its plan so late. Cuomo’s decision on which regions will reopen their schools will be announced on August 7.

“Our plan was submitted on time and is the last piece of information we’ve released to families and staff over the past few weeks,” Education Ministry spokeswoman Miranda Barbot said in an email. “It answers complex questions for the largest school district in the country and applies to all of our schools with point-to-point detail and detail. ”

Barbot added that education department officials “will not do anything that is not in the best interests of our students and staff,” and stressed that the city has a stricter infection rate threshold than that of New York State, 3 percent instead of 5 percent. Barbot added that the state had not specified a time to submit the document on Friday and that the city filed it at 5:05 p.m.

Teachers from the Movement of Rank and File Educators are leading a Monday night march through Lower Manhattan to protest plans to partially reopen schools in person.

On Saturday in New York City, 0.9% of COVID-19 tests were positive on Saturday, or 531 out of 58,961 tests in total.

Three people died from COVID-19 on Saturday; none have been reported in New York, although preliminary figures change often.

Hospitalizations fell from 25 to 556 in total statewide, the lowest since March 17. Critical care patients fell to 143, a drop of four.

The official death toll from coronaviruses has reached 25,170 statewide.

State issues 36 more social distancing violations in upstate New York, mostly in Queens and Manhattan

The State Police and Liquor Authority task force released another round of social distancing violations against 36 establishments after visiting 1,070 locations in New York and Long Island on Saturday, the governor said on Sunday. Andrew Cuomo.

The additional violations are part of an aggressive crackdown on compliance issues in New York and Long Island, where large groups continue to congregate outside bars and restaurants in violation of pandemic social distancing guidelines.

Seven establishments had their liquor licenses suspended on Saturday.

The task force has inspected more than 13,500 bars and restaurants since its inception.

Most of Saturday’s violations were pronounced in Queens and Manhattan.

Here’s a breakdown of the county:

  • Bronx – 5
  • Brooklyn – 0
  • Manhattan – 10
  • Pure – 18th
  • Île de States – 1
  • Nassau – 0
  • Suffolk – 2

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MTA employee, member of “Mask Force”, hands out free masks on July 23, 2020

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