Coronavirus updates: New York City reports 2.6% of coronavirus infections as de Blasio faces increasing pressure on schools’ plan

This is our daily update of urgent COVID-19 news for Sunday 15th November 2020. Previous daily updates It can be found hereAnd and The latest stats are here.

New York City in Stage 4 is re-opening now, Which includes Zoos and botanical gardens, MuseumsAnd and Gyms, as long 25% indoor dinner. Certain parts of Brooklyn and Staten Island Under shutdown area. Get answers to your questions May be through the series “Ask an Epidemiologist”Or, learn more about NYC COVID-19 Test Options With Our Explanation. Here are some local and state hotlines for more information: NYC: 311; New York State Hotline: 888-364-3065; New Jersey State Hotline: 800-222-1222.

Here are the latest:

Health officials in New York City on Sunday mentioned The average seven-day positive rate is 2.6%, which means the city’s public schools will remain open on Mondays.

Health officials also recorded a daily positive of 0.30%, but that number is very likely to rise because laboratories have been slower to report results amid increased demand for the test. After 12 days of steady increases, the average positivity now appears to be easing somewhat, although recent numbers are subject to change as more test results emerge.

Dr Dennis Nash, professor of epidemiology at the City University of New York, indicated that the confirmed number of COVID-19 cases is still on the rise. The average daily new cases for seven days now exceeds 900, after hovering around 500 two weeks ago.

“So we need to be clear that there is still an increasing number of new diagnoses,” Nash said. “People should not feel false security just by looking at the positive.”

As the outbreak began in New York City, the focus is again on the city’s plan for schools. Mayor Bill de Blasio has pledged to close public schools if positivity exceeds 3%, but he faces mounting pressure to backtrack on the plan.

On Saturday, Governor Andrew Como De Blasio urged a reconsideration Implementing more targeted lockdowns based on data testing in specific schools.

So far, the infection rate in city schools is less than a quarter of a percent. Since the reopening, 126 of the 1,700 schools have been forced to close for 24 hours, while another 80 schools have been required to close for two weeks as part of the mandatory quarantine period, according to The latest data from the Education Department.

“Because if the school does not spread the virus, or if the school’s positive rate is much lower than the surrounding area, the school is not part of the problem,” Cuomo said during a call with reporters. “It can be said that keeping children in school is part of the solution and not children spending time on the street in the neighborhood where the infection rate is higher.”

But while the governor, who is scheduled to deliver remarks Sunday morning at Riverside Church in Manhattan, assured he had the power to keep schools open, he did not go as far as vetoing the mayor’s plan.

Frustrated parents They protested against the mayor’s plan In Foley Square on Saturdays. Critics, including public health experts, have argued that it makes no sense to close schools while allowing indoor dining to continue, albeit at only 25%.

Dr. Wafa Al-Sadr, professor of epidemiology at Columbia University, said, “Experiences from other countries have shown that opening schools is not the engine for transmission of infection in societies.” “We should focus on other behaviors as we know the virus is transmitted, and try to keep schools open based on the known value of personalized education for children, especially young children.”

Meanwhile, New Yorkers are trying to take the test It lasts for hours Outside some test sites.

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