COVID-19 news: New York City will likely enter the Orange Zone in the first week of December, de Blasio warns

NEW YORK (WABC) – Mayor Bill de Blasio warned on Friday again that New York City is moving to impose new restrictions as data shows that new coronavirus cases are still on the rise.

“The restrictions are coming. I’ve been very blunt in the fact that the governor said the orange zone is coming. By our own forecasts, based on state data, it will happen soon after Thanksgiving, maybe the first week of December,” de Blasio said during his radio appearance “.

These restrictions will include closing indoor restaurants, gyms, and other things.

“I’m not saying that with anything but sadness for the people who work in those places, the people who own these small businesses. But this is what will happen,” he said.

Under state guidelines, New York City would need a 7-day positive rate of 3% for 10 consecutive days to move into the Orange Zone.

Governor Cuomo said he was not a prophet, but suggested that parts of the city might face new restrictions if they are not keen on Thanksgiving.

Meanwhile, the New York City public school system is completely closed for personal learning through Thanksgiving.

“In schools, we will have an update before Thanksgiving, in the next few days, about the reopening plan and what it will take,” said de Blasio.

School counselor Richard Carranza said the goal is to reopen schools by next month, although there is no clear pathway to agreement with the United Teachers ’Union on creating a threshold within the school for students to return.

“Positivity rates in our schools are much lower than those in the city. However, schools are a microcosm of the city and students have to cross the city to get to school, so while the positivity rate is increasing in the city, schools are not immune to this, and fulfilling our promise was very important. For the mayor and me. “

During an interview with Up Close with Bill Ritter, Carranza did not indicate that the three percent threshold would change for schools.

The head of the teachers’ unions expressed optimism that schools could reopen soon.

“We’ve proven that we can do it safely, but I think everyone needs to understand what we’re headed for, and what the doctors are telling us, over the next couple of months. That should be the next big hurdle. But it’s much more,” said Michel Mulgrew, president of the Federation of Trade Unions, The importance is that we all work together as a city.

At MS 143 in the Bronx, the only activity on Friday was students who graduated in June and finally earned prep degrees. It was a mini-get-together for these friends who have all gone to different high schools this fall and have all been away for almost this entire school year. It definitely feels like something is missing.

“Interacting with other students. I feel like that’s a big part of high school. Since I just started. I’m not really sure but I want to make friends and things. And just emailing new students, it’s not the same thing,” said Yanlis Jerez, student Ninth grade.

“I feel very isolated and withdrawn compared to where we were in actual school,” added Kailis Farrell, a ninth grade student.

This emotional impact of the pandemic on students was the subject of a hypothetical meeting of the New York City Council’s Education Committee.

“The influences our children are experiencing. They are no longer temporary. These effects are generated by generations,” said Mark Treasure, a member of New York City Council.

Even when schools return in person, there will not be as many students as the city had expected. Only 35,000 other students choose blended learning to return when schools return. Some students told Eyewitness News that they will all go remote in part because it is the safest option for their families.

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Private schools are not affected by city rule and remain open for personal education.

De Blasio said the city is working with the state by having a number of conversations with the governor about what it takes to restore schools.

“I want it to be clear,” he said. “We have strict health and safety standards at the moment. We have to raise this level higher so that we can return our schools, but that’s exactly what we will do.”

The mayor also urged more testing and appealed to parents to return the parental consent form for students to be tested.

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Many health officials believe the real threat comes from private gatherings in people’s homes.

The The CDC now advises against traveling for Thanksgiving. They recommend eating dinner with the people you actually see on a regular basis, and if you are hosting an extended family, do so outside.

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