NYC schools will close tomorrow as Cuomo warns of a partial lockdown

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Politico reported that in a letter to principals, "Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza said schools have seen a Covid-19 positivity rate of only 0.19 percent out of more than 120,000 students and staff tested but that the city established a 3 percent threshold and was sticking to it".

"I could lose my job, I am stuck between bills and my son, and it's a hard choice".

He said it's "better to stay away" from Thanksgiving gatherings this year. And, in fact, there are 60,000 kids in New York City that don't even have a connected device.

But de Blasio said all instruction would switch back to distance learning again because the positive rate on coronavirus tests in the city rose to a seven-day average of 3%, the threshold for ceasing in-person classes.

"We need to fight back".

New York City's school system, like others across the nation, initially halted in-person learning in mid-March as the virus spiked.

The decision, which affects more than 1 million students, is grim evidence of the pandemic's relentless rampage across the country and back into areas that for months had kept infection rates relatively low.

NY has the largest school system in the United States, with 1,800 schools and no fewer than 1.1 million students.

New York's closures are controversial, with testing showing that schools are not the source of soaring case numbers.

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According to state law, there is a way for schools to "test out" of a closure. The United States leads the world in both categories. Nationwide, the number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 topped 75,000 on Tuesday, setting a new record.

He said that the coming cold weather and holidays, combined with "COVID fatigue", are driving spread of the disease, particularly in "places that haven't yet experienced painful reality".

With random testing of students and staffers showing little indication that the virus is spreading within schools, closing them is "tone-deaf to everything that parents in New York City are going through", said Maready, who lives in Upper Manhattan's Inwood neighbourhood and works in philanthropy.

The Midwest has become the new United States epicenter of contagion, reporting nearly a half-million cases during the week ending on Monday.

Government officials in at least 18 states, representing both sides of the US political divide, have issued sweeping new public health mandates this month. It now appears to be facing a new wave.

"The American people know how to protect their health", she told Fox News in an interview. "We make responsible health decisions as individuals".

"I'm the most concerned I've been since this pandemic started", Dr. Tom Inglesby, director of Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, told CNN on Wednesday.

The mayor's decision came as the USA death toll from COVID-19 nears a world record of a quarter million and as government officials in dozens of states have weighed or implemented shutdown measures in recent days to stem an unprecedented rate of new COVID-19 infections heading into the winter.

In Washington, pressure for a fresh COVID-19 relief bill mounted in the U.S. Congress on Wednesday.

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