New York City schools were set to remain open for at least another day despite an increasing number of cases of COVID-19, the Mayor said on Tuesday, as growing infections and hospitalizations in the United States from coast to coast led to new restrictions and forecasts of a difficult winter ahead.
New York, home to the country’s largest school system, recorded a positive 7-day COVID-19 test score of 2.74 percent on Tuesday. This is over double what it was over the summer. However, it is below the 3% limit that Mayor Bill de Blasio set to leave schools open.
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“Everyone has been involved in things that have kept schools safe. They were all wearing their masks… And to try our very very best to keep schools open, we need to keep doing that,” de Blasio told reporters on Tuesday.
“We’ve got some new challenges with what’s happening around us,” he added.
New York struggles with COVID-19
Further than New York City, the epicenter of the U.S. COVID-19 Infections attained immense levels nationwide during the spring crisis.
Forty-one U.S. states reported a record increase in COVID-19 cases in November, while 20 reported a record increase in deaths. Moreover, 26 reported recorded hospitalizations, according to Reuters’ data on public health. For the week ending Sunday, Nov. 15, twenty-five states recorded test positivity scores above 10 percent. The World Health Organization defines the rate of positivity above 5% to be alarming.
The Midwest stays the hit hardest region in the U.S. 444,677 cases reported in the weekend on Monday, Nov. 16, 36% more than the cumulative cases in the Northeast and West regions.
On Monday, the number of patients with coronavirus hospitalized in the United States reached a record of 73,140. According to the Reuters report, hospitalizations have increased by more than 46% over the past 14 days.
New York is one of the northeastern states that struggled to control the virus reasonably well over the summer after a terrifying spring wave. Meanwhile, it still has one of the biggest week-to-week cases rises as of Sunday.
Since the last week of the previous week, infections in nearby Connecticut have also risen by over 50 percent.
“We’re seeing the storm clouds come again right now said Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, a Democrat, in a Tuesday interview with MSNBC.
In recent days, governors of many states and city authorities have placed new restrictions on indoor events in an effort to avoid the outbreak of the disease during the winter, with the possibility of a widely available, efficient vaccine still months away.
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