NEW YORK – Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Sunday that New York City’s coronavirus test results have not reached the level that would cause public school buildings to close, so schools will remain open for the time being.
“Fortunately, the schools will remain open on Monday, but we have to keep fighting with all we have,” de Blasio said on Twitter.
De Blasio had warned on Friday that schools may close as soon as Monday if the city crosses the threshold set earlier than 3% of citywide coronavirus tests come back positive over seven days. He said the rate remained lower than that on Sunday at 2.57%.
“We have a struggle in the future now, I won’t lie to you, but I want to tell you that schools are open tomorrow, and that’s a blessing. Every additional open day school is a blessing,” the mayor told prayers at Brown Memorial Baptist Church in Brooklyn.
The New York City public school system, the largest in the country with more than a million students, was one of the few large city areas to reopen classrooms this fall after the pandemic forced schools across the United States to go online in the spring.
Parents were given the option of either a fully-distance education or a ‘blended learning’ system with students in the classroom on some days and online learning on others.
About 280,000 students attended in person, which was less than city officials had expected.
New York City and the rest of the state have struggled to contain soaring rates of coronavirus infection in recent weeks. governor. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, said there were more than 1,800 people hospitalized due to COVID-19 across the state on Saturday and 30 deaths. There have been an average of about 3,900 new cases of COVID-19 in the state over the past seven days.
In a speech at Riverside Church in Manhattan, Cuomo threatened legal action if the COVID-19 vaccine became available and was distributed unfairly while Republican President Donald Trump took office.
“The president talks about CVS, Walgreens and National Chains,” said Cuomo, reiterating his earlier criticism. Sure, but they are mainly found in rich societies, not poor societies. My friends, We cannot multiply the racial injustice that Covid has already caused. “