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NY public schools to close from tomorrow as COVID infection rate hits 3%: Cuomo warns gyms and indoor dining will be next as he warns of 'astronomical' increases in cases in western part of state

 Public schools in New York City will close from Thursday as a result of the rising COVID-19 test positivity rate and businesses like gyms - and indoor dining - may soon be closed, too. 

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Wednesday afternoon that all schools would revert to remote learning starting from Thursday morning because the test positivity rate in New York City was 3 percent. 

The earliest they could reopen, he said, was the week after Thanksgiving but he would not be drawn on specifics.  

'No one is happy about this decision.

'We are all feeling very sad about this decision,' de Blasio said on Wednesday afternoon. 

The positivity rate in schools is only 0.19 percent but de Blasio said he was sticking to 3 percent citywide threshold because that's what he decided earlier this year. 

De Blasio also went on to say that more restrictions on city life were 'coming' and 'coming soon.' 

Governor Andrew Cuomo, who decides if businesses stay open or not, said the test positivity rate was 2.5 percent in New York City based on state data, but that if it rises to 3 percent, he would start closing indoor dining and gyms. He said that could happen soon.


The state's numbers differ slightly from the city's because New York City positivity figures are based on the day the test was taken. So if someone is deemed positive, they're counted positive in the data on the day they took the test. The state's data is based on the day the positive result is received. Both methods of data-gathering are pointing in the same direction, deBlasio noted.

Within New York City, there is a considerably higher positivity rate in the boroughs of Staten Island, Queens and the Bronx than in Manhattan and most of Brooklyn.  


Along with the case count, the number of daily hospitalizations and deaths is also creeping back up. 

Meanwhile, Cuomo said surges in western parts of the state were 'astronomical'. 

On Tuesday, there were 29 deaths across the state of New York. 

The number is a far cry from the hundreds that were dying every day in the spring, but it's a worrying increase from the single-digits seen throughout most of the summer. 

The increase also fits with the national trend of rising COVID-19 cases and looming lockdowns. 

Various states have started imposing lockdown rules again. 

New Mexico had closed most businesses and California is also imposing restrictions. 

The gathering clouds come amid a bright spot - the promising news that vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna, two American companies, have both proven to be effective in trials. 

The first doses are likely to be given out in December. 

They will go first to the elderly and vulnerable or to frontline workers. 

Then, they will gradually be rolled out among the public and should be widely available by the end of spring, federal health officials say.  

Until then, lockdowns are becoming more and more likely. 

If Cuomo decides to shut some businesses down, indoor dining - which is currently at 25 percent capacity - will be banned and outdoor dining will be limited to four people at a table if NYC hits a 3 percent positive-test rate, based on the state's data. 

A decision like that would deliver a big blow to the hospitality industry, which clung on through the summer by offering outdoor dining. 

Houses of worship will still be allowed to operate, however, at a 33 percent capacity.  

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This is the rising case count in New York City. As of Wednesday, the test positivity rate was 3 percent, according to NYC data

This is the rising case count in New York City. As of Wednesday, the test positivity rate was 3 percent, according to NYC data

Hospitalizations are also increasing. Above, city data until November 15

Hospitalizations are also increasing. Above, city data until November 15 

Deaths are starting to rise across New York City, too, but at a slower rate. Statewide, there were 29 deaths on Tuesday

Deaths are starting to rise across New York City, too, but at a slower rate. Statewide, there were 29 deaths on Tuesday 

This is the statewide trend of hospitalizations in New York since the start of the pandemic

This is the statewide trend of hospitalizations in New York since the start of the pandemic 

Gov. Cuomo snapped at reporters on Wednesday as they asked him about impending lockdown. He said NYC is 0.5% away from another lockdown

Gov. Cuomo snapped at reporters on Wednesday as they asked him about impending lockdown. He said NYC is 0.5% away from another lockdown 

Cuomo, speaking at a heated press conference where he yelled at reporters who asked him about schools and called one reporter 'obnoxious', warned that there will be a 'tremendous spike' after Thanksgiving due to people ignoring his rules to avoid large gatherings. 

The rules now are that no more than 10 people can gather together. 

Cuomo said the rising infection rates were all 'self-imposed' and compared it to a person 'eating cheesecake and having a weight problem.' 

'You will see a tremendous spike after Thanksgiving,' Cuomo warned on Wednesday, saying: 'Thanksgiving is a holiday and people come together. 

'If you don't have a real fear about COVID, you're going to come together.' He said he has told his own mother that they cannot spend Thanksgiving with his family. 

'Your family sounds safe, doesn't it? No. You won't be safe. It's an illusion. My sister loves me, my sister could infect me. Not maliciously, but accidentally,' he said.  

'Don't be the turkey on Thanksgiving,' he warned.  

Cuomo said there were 'astronomical' increases in some parts of the state

Cuomo said there were 'astronomical' increases in some parts of the state

Cuomo became frustrated on Wednesday as journalists questioned him on whether or not schools would be open tomorrow, and whether the decision was down to him or Mayor Bill de Blasio. 

He called the first reporter who asked him about it 'obnoxious' and said he hadn't been paying attention. 

He then bit back at the second reporter who asked if schools would be open tomorrow, then snapped at a third who asked if it was him or de Blasio who made the rules. 

'You don't know?' he asked repeatedly.   

Since the start of the pandemic, parents in New York City have found the conflicting remarks and rules confusing. 

In his letter to teachers, the schools chancellor said: 'This as been an eventful and challenging year on so many levels.

'With your efforts and contributions, our school buildings have been safe places for teaching and learning for hundreds of thousands of students over the past several weeks.

'To date, we have seen a COVID-19 positivity rate of 0.19 percent out of 120,000 students and staff tested. 

This has been reassuring sign that our schools are safe, and we are grateful for the tireless work you do to ensure this is possible.'

4 comments:

  1. Thank god someone up high figured out how to use an improper test improperly so they could get these Fear Results they so badly need to sell this hoax.

    'A nation with a collective, room-temp IQ'

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    1. and its getting worse. soon new yorkers will be living in caves.

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  2. just close the state of new york . and put it out of the united other states. there will be no recovery from this insanity.

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  3. Survival rate for persons under 18 is 99,999%.
    Deaths from cycling, skateboarding riding a bus is higher.
    Idiot!

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