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New York City will close its public schools starting on Thursday because the 7-day Covid-19 positivity rate has hit 3%, according to the mayor.
New York City has reached the 3% testing positivity 7-day average threshold. Unfortunately, this means public school buildings will be closed as of tomorrow, Thursday Nov. 19, out an abundance of caution.
We must fight back the second wave of COVID-19.
— Mayor Eric Adams (@NYCMayor) November 18, 2020
Some parents have argued that it doesn’t make sense to close all the schools when some parts of the city — like the UWS — have positivity rates under 2%.
In addition, Covid does not appear to be spreading very much in schools. “To date, we have seen a COVID-19 positivity rate of only 0.19 percent out of more than 120,000 students and staff tested,” Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza wrote.