Reopen New York City: Mayor Bill de Blasio announces 55 positive COVID-19 cases among New York school workers

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NEW YORK (WABC) – Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that so far 55 school staff in New York City have tested positive for COVID-19, a positivity rate of 0.32% among the 16,982 tested.As a result, one school closed on Monday, while a previously closed one reopened. The teachers union’s MORE UFT caucus held a “day of action” of protests on Monday in front of two schools in the city.

“We are a few days away from the school reopening plan negotiated by the mayor and UFT leaders, and it is already clear that our communities are in danger. Positive cases around town have been reported among staff, forcing colleagues to quarantine themselves at all times. The staff returned to the buildings with sinks, windows, toilets still broken, without PPE and without adequate personnel for the hybrid model, ”the group said in a statement.

At PS 139, teachers work outside all day to protest the conditions inside the school which they believe are dangerous and endanger their health.

Outside Grace H. Dodge Career and Technical High School at 2474 Crotona Avenue in the Bronx, staff sat outside for a shooting session Monday morning before returning to class.

The teachers have now been back to work for a week, preparing for the arrival of students in a week.

Teachers at Eyewitness News said the city had not alerted them to positive cases and that they had not been contacted by tracers after coming into contact with positive cases.

The mayor said 98% of coronavirus test results were back within 48 hours.

“Some people will test positive,” he said. “These people will immediately receive support. ”

After two weeks, professionals who test positive will return to work and complete the school year, the mayor said.

The same will happen with the students.

“We have to remember that for the small percentage of people who test positive, this is a very temporary reality,” said Mayor de Blasio.

There are free priority tests for all students and Ministry of Education employees across the city.

There are 22 priority test sites in the H + H facilities in the five arrondissements.

You can find a location near you at nyc.gov/COVIDtest.

There is also a DOE COVID response situation room. It includes a hotline for directors, test and research managers, and will be open six days a week with daily public reports.

The mayor also announced that 2,000 additional educators will be in place from the first day of school. They are made up of redeployed central staff, long-term substitutes and temporary staff.

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