Concerns Over Upcoming School Semester Continue in COVID-19 World

Though the COVID-19 numbers in New York State and our area have been pretty good lately, there is still plenty of concern about what the new school year will look like. Schools are slated to begin in less than two months, but despite the best guidance we could get for now from the state, it’s not entirely clear what the world will look like come September. Rockland’s state assemblyman Ken Zebrowski says it’s unprecedented, and he’s hearing concerns coming from all different directions…

The governor announced school reopening guidance earlier this week but said he’d only send kids back to school if it’s safe. A state senate committee, meanwhile, is opening hearings into the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic next month. The Investigations and Government Operations Committee will examine the state’s activities regarding nursing homes, hospitals and workforce issues, including the unemployment system and PPE distribution. Rockland and Westchester state senator David Carlucci says he’ll be hosting a hearing next week that will be looking into how direct care providers of services for those with developmental disabilities handled the crisis…

Other hearings are expected to include testimony from the governor’s office, nursing home management, hospital stakeholders, frontline workers, and patient family members. COVID-19 by the numbers now, in Rockland, we’ve got four in the hospital being checked out, another five have been confirmed with coronavirus. The state says we’ve got 13,733 reported cases, 14 more than yesterday, and the Rockland Health Department confirms 671 fatalities here in the county.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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