Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday that New York City schools would remain open at least until Wednesday, as the city’s coronavirus positivity rate reached 2.74% – just below the seven-day average of 3% which would meet the limit. System-wide minimum shutdown.
“We know we’re dealing with something really difficult at the moment,” de Blasio said at his daily press conference. “We know the second wave is affecting us. But we also know that New York City has always performed better than other parts of the country due to the sheer level of people’s participation.”
Sunday’s positivity rate was 3.2%, just below Saturday’s rate of 3.3%, according to statistics.
The nation’s largest school system could shut down early Thursday – sending nearly 300,000 students in person to a full-time virtual learning environment – if the seven-day positivity rate reaches 3%, a figure reached as part of an agreement with the powerful teachers union.
But the largest cautioned that there was no guarantee the city would reach 3%, noting that increased test levels had given health officials better data on the infection rate.
The mayor said, last week, more than 300,000 New Yorkers were tested for COVID-19, including about 75,000 on Friday alone.
“We will run a flash test to test more and more New Yorkers,” said de Blasio, announcing several additional new COVID-19 testing sites across the five boroughs.
More patients are at Long Island Hospitals
On Long Island, hospitals continued to monitor the high levels of coronavirus patients following the surge in positivity rates in the area.
The Catholic Health Service said Tuesday it has transported 60 patients from COVID-19 to hospitals in the six hospitals it operates on Long Island.
Dr. Patrick Ochugnisi, chief clinical officer of CHS, said he has seen the number of patients triple in the past two weeks, but that “the total number is still very small, nothing like what we saw in the spring.” . “We’ll see forest fires.”
O’Shaughnessy added that only seven of the COVID-19 patients are in the ICU.
“At the peak stage, 33% of COVID patients were in the intensive care unit,” he said. “We have the treatments to offer, and although they are not magic bullets, we know a lot now.”
CHS had nearly 900 cases of COVID-19 in mid-April.
O’Shaughnessy said Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip had the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the CHS system, with 20 cases, adding that Good Samaritan had around 200 cases of coronavirus in April.
Meanwhile, Northwell Health said it had 279 cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, up from 203 cases a week ago.
North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset had the highest number of cases in the system on Long Island, at 40. North Shore was at 36 the previous week.
Mount Sinai, south of Nassau in Oceanside, reported 21 patients with COVID-19 Monday night, compared to 12 the week before.
With David Reich Hill
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