The photo posted by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio within his school-reopening tweet on Dec. 7, 2020 shows him (M, Grey-haired) speaking with a student. (Courtesy of New York City Government)
“This is the time to be extra vigilant. Wear masks. Keep six feet apart. Get tested,” says the mayor.
NEW YORK, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) — New York City’s COVID-19 infection rate on a seven-day average went down to 4.98 percent, after lingering above the level of 5 percent for 4 days consecutively, Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted on Monday, as the public school campuses reopened for 3-K, Pre-K and K-5 students.
The rate topped 3 percent on Nov. 18, climbed over 4 percent on Nov. 30, and then surpassed 5 percent on Dec. 3. Three percent is deemed by the municipal government as a threshold for a second wave of the pandemic.
“This is the time to be extra vigilant. Wear masks. Keep six feet apart. Get tested,” said the mayor, adding that there were 144 new hospitalizations and 2,180 new cases of the coronavirus in the city.
The photo posted by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio within his school-reopening tweet on Dec. 7, 2020 shows a student receiving medical check. (Courtesy of New York City Government)
The partial school reopening came nearly three weeks after the city shut down the campus over rising positivity rates. The mayor has decided students can return as long as the positivity rates in the schools remain low.
“Reopening our buildings is paramount to our city’s recovery from COVID-19,” said de Blasio on Nov. 29, as he unveiled the reopening plan. “That’s why we are doubling down on the safety and health measures that work to make in-person learning a reality for so many of our students.”
By the time students return to buildings on Monday, a consent form for testing will be required for all students and staff, and every school will participate in weekly random testing for 20 percent of their in-person population.
Meanwhile, in the case of COVID-19, the safest place in the community is truly the school, and that’s because schools follow basic rules, said New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo in his article posted on the news portal Newsday on Dec. 4.
“The students and teachers wear masks. They practice social distancing. They frequently wash their hands. Many of the students are serious about doing their part to keep their friends and families safe,” said the governor, adding that the infection rate in schools in every part of the state is lower than the surrounding community.
The photo posted by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio within his school-reopening tweet on Dec. 7, 2020 shows a parent filling in a form. (Courtesy of New York City Government)
NYC’s public school system consists of approximately 1.1 million students, constituting the largest school district of the country. Those who opted not to return to their campus for in-person learning on Monday were allowed to fulfill their curriculum in the form of remote learning.
As of Sunday night, coronavirus deaths added up to 24,365 and confirmed cases to 331,006 in NYC, according to The City, a project that tracks the spread of confirmed COVID-19 infections and fatalities in New York City, based on information provided by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the governor’s office, The COVID Tracking Project and the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. ■
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