De Blasio noted that in central Queens, the numbers have dropped significantly.
“We are also waiting for the final say from the state, but we have high hopes for Central Queens. Obviously we look at the data every day and sometimes you have variation in the data that is of concern. But if we continue to see what we are seeing in recent days, I would expect the state to prepare to act to remove restrictions in central Queens. But again, pending final confirmation, pending final data review, ”he said.
In Queens, the positivity rate fell from 3.3% last week to 2.3%.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has also weighed in on hot spots, saying he plans to fine-tune restrictions and zones.
“So you might have circumstances where you’ve taken certain action in a community where we feel comfortable, that will bring the numbers down. We have three bars in some counties. If you told me, we are closing these three bars, and then I would feel more comfortable reopening. So we’re looking at situations like that in the red zones, ”Cuomo said. “The numbers have gone down, especially in Queens, and we can adjust the zones. You can enlarge them, reduce them, the figures are block by block. We will do this today, tomorrow and Wednesday we will do it. announce changes in zones, and I plan changes in zones. ”
Both urged people to stay vigilant and stay the course. “Right now we’re stopping a second wave. Said de Blasio.
However, the daily positivity rate in the city announced by the mayor reached 2.17% with a 7-day average of 1.62%.
Governor Cuomo’s numbers had positivity in the city much lower at 1.3%
The total positivity rate of all red areas is 3.3%, far lower than it was.
It is still over 5% in parts of Brooklyn and over 4% in Rockland and Orange counties.
New York Schools Press Secretary Miranda Barbot also provided an update on testing in schools.
New York Schools testing update starting October 16:
Since October 9, we have performed 16,348 COVID-19 tests and have 16,298 results.
We currently have 28 positives: 0.17%. 20 are employees and 8 are students.
99% of our tests were returned within 48 hours.
– Miranda Barbot (@MirandaBarbot) October 19, 2020
School officials say families can opt for distance learning at any time. The window for fully distance learning students to opt for the blended learning model will open soon and they will soon be sharing more information with families.
“We know that nothing can replace face-to-face teaching and the many supports, including the health, social and emotional benefits, that students get in the classroom,” New York Schools said. “Using the most recent data from this survey, approximately 46% of students are returning to school buildings this fall. The share of distance learning requests by race has not changed.
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