Governor Cuomo Announces New Data-Driven Guidance for Reopening Schools


Schools in Regions in Phase IV Can Reopen if Daily Infection Rate Remains Below 5 Percent Using a 14-Day Average 

Schools Will Close if Regional Infection Rate Rises Over 9 Percent After August 1

Finalized DOH and Reimagine Education Advisory Council Guidance and Guiding Principles Link Available below

1.08 Percent of Yesterday’s COVID-19 Tests were Positive 

10 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday

Confirms 557 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State – Bringing Statewide Total to 402,263; New Cases in 38 Counties

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo yesterday, announced new, data-driven guidance for reopening schools in New York State. Schools in a region can reopen if that region is in Phase IV of reopening and if its daily infection rate remains below 5 percent or lower using a 14-day average since unPAUSE was lifted. Schools will close if the regional infection rate rises above 9 percent, using a 7-day average, after August 1. New York State will make the formula determination during the week of August 1 to 7. New York State, the Reimagine Education Advisory Council and the Department of Health released finalized guidance and guiding principles for reopening schools today, which are available here. The DOH and Governor’s Reimagine Council are working closely with the Department of Education as it releases education guidance. Plans to reopen schools are due on July 31.

Topics addressed by state guidance include:

  • Masks/PPE
  • Social Distancing
  • Cohort Structures
  • Restructuring Space to Maximize In-Class Instruction
  • Transportation
  • Food Service
  • Aftercare and Extracurriculars
  • Screening
  • Tracing
  • Cleaning and Disinfecting

Governor Cuomo also updated New Yorkers on the state’s progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The number of new cases, percentage of tests that were positive and many other helpful data points are always available at forward.ny.gov.

“Everybody wants to reopen schools, but you only reopen if it’s safe to reopen, and that’s determined by the data. You don’t hold your finger up and feel the wind, you don’t have an inspiration, you don’t have a dream, you don’t have an emotion–look at the data,” Governor Cuomo said. “We test more and we have more data than any state. If you have the virus under control, reopen. If you don’t have the virus under control, then you can’t reopen. We’re not going to use our children as the litmus test and we’re not going to going to put our children in a place where their health is endangered. It’s that simple. Common sense and intelligence can still determine what we do, even in this crazy environment. We’re not going to use our children as guinea pigs. What I say to the experts is very simple. I’m making the determination as to whether or not I would send my daughter to school. If it’s safe, I’ll send her. If it’s not safe, I’m not going to send her. And you can determine that by science.”

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Patient Hospitalization– 792 (-9)
  • Patients Newly Admitted– 60 (-15)
  • Hospital Counties– 31
  • Number ICU– 175 (+1)
  • Number ICU with Intubation– 103 (+1)
  • Total Discharges– 71,643 (+78)
  • Deaths– 10
  • Total Deaths– 24,989

Of the 51,687 tests conducted in New York State yesterday, 557, or 1.08 percent, were positive. Each region’s percentage of positive tests over the last three days is as follows:

REGION
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
Capital Region
1.2%
2.0%
0.9%
Central New York
1.7%
1.1%
1.0%
Finger Lakes
1.0%
0.8%
1.0%
Long Island
1.0%
0.9%
1.5%
Mid-Hudson
0.8%
0.9%
0.8%
Mohawk Valley
0.9%
0.8%
0.8%
New York City
1.0%
1.3%
1.1%
North Country
0.3%
0.4%
0.2%
Southern Tier
1.5%
0.6%
0.9%
Western New York
1.9%
1.0%
1.1%

 

The Governor also confirmed 557 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 402,263 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 402,263 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County
Total Positive
New Positive
Albany
2,225
6
Allegany
66
0
Broome
827
7
Cattaraugus
138
0
Cayuga
126
0
Chautauqua
171
1
Chemung
148
0
Chenango
169
3
Clinton
109
0
Columbia
487
1
Cortland
59
1
Delaware
92
0
Dutchess
4,280
4
Erie
7,766
24
Essex
51
0
Franklin
36
0
Fulton
265
0
Genesee
250
0
Greene
266
0
Hamilton
6
0
Herkimer
193
1
Jefferson
99
2
Lewis
31
0
Livingston
147
0
Madison
375
1
Monroe
4,200
23
Montgomery
133
1
Nassau
42,354
47
Niagara
1,342
2
NYC
219,301
250
Oneida
1,830
7
Onondaga
3,142
18
Ontario
302
2
Orange
10,841
6
Orleans
287
0
Oswego
222
2
Otsego
89
0
Putnam
1,365
4
Rensselaer
617
1
Rockland
13,719
3
Saratoga
610
8
Schenectady
868
4
Schoharie
62
0
Schuyler
15
0
Seneca
74
0
St. Lawrence
231
1
Steuben
276
2
Suffolk
42,112
84
Sullivan
1,465
0
Tioga
161
0
Tompkins
186
0
Ulster
1,862
3
Warren
280
3
Washington
249
0
Wayne
209
4
Westchester
35,327
30
Wyoming
102
1
Yates
48
0