New York City closes schools to curb coronavirus outbreak

by Jenny Mount · Nov 18th, 2020 4:16 pm

Last Updated Nov 19th, 2020 at 3:15 pm

New York City Mayor de Blasio is shutting down in-person learning and having schools move to remote learning in an effort to tamp down a growing number of coronavirus cases.

"We're in the middle of something really tough right now," said de Blasio during a press briefing on Monday. "We have put health and safety first, and we will put health and safety first."

De Blasio has said classrooms would close if the citywide positivity rate hits an average of 3%. Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters that the city has the authority to close schools if local officials think it's appropriate.


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