NEW YORK – New York officials announced a deal allowing schools in the red and orange cluster areas to reopen to in-person learning, with only children and staff who tested negative being allowed inside school buildings.
“It will also give us an idea of the homes and households in this area,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said. “If a child has a positive test, we can contact tracing it back to the family.”
A day after authorities called the city’s rising COVID-19 infection rate “worrying”, there was better news on Friday morning as the number of new reported cases rose from 532 to 514 .
The number of New Yorkers hospitalized with COVID-19 has also fallen from 81 to 68, but the seven-day moving average remains concerning.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Friday morning that even though the seven-day average number fell from 1.9 to 1.87, there is still cause for concern.
“So a bit of stabilization, a bit of better news today but we’ve got a long way to go,” de Blasio said.
Health officials are looking at various factors explaining what is causing the increase in cases. One of these is indoor catering, as restaurants have been serving New Yorkers inside their doors at reduced capacities for several weeks.
Governor Cuomo was asked about restaurants and any restrictions on dining inside and called the situation “fluid,” adding that they are monitoring all data and will act accordingly.