NY Governor Threatens to Close Schools in COVID Hot Zones in Rockland and Orange Counties

New York’s governor is threatening to close in-person learning in schools in Rockland and Orange County after doing the same in the city for sharp COVID spikes there. Andrew Cuomo said yesterday he wouldn’t allow children to be sent to any school that he himself wouldn’t send his own child to…

The governor says he’ll be speaking with leaders in the hotspot communities today. Meanwhile, News 12 reported Orange County’s Health Department ordered all schools in Palm Tree, which includes the village of Kiryas Joel, to close immediately for at least two weeks due to a three-day average positivity rate of nearly 28%.

And the principals of Clarkstown High Schools North and South are warning students if they go on a party boat to celebrate homecoming, be prepared to quarantine for two weeks. The tradition is being frowned upon in the age of COVID, and town supervisor George Hoehmann says the school district is being proactive and cautious…

New City, where Clarkstown North is located, last week had the 11th highest COVID-19 positive testing rate in the state, at 3 percent. The actual date of the event is not known.

COVID-19 by the numbers now, here in Rockland, we’ve got two in the hospital being examined, another 17 have been confirmed with coronavirus, and a total of 1,409 active cases. The state says since the crisis began, we’ve had a total of 16,071 reported cases, 222 more than Monday (15,849), and the Rockland Health Department says we have 678 total fatalities, no change since yesterday.

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