Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Sunday, November 29, 2020

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People wearing protective masks during the coronavirus pandemic exit the Kew Gardens subway station on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020.

NEW YORK — Below you will find the most up-to-date information on coronavirus news impacting New York. You can find additional resources and coverage on our coronavirus page.

2 p.m.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo held a coronavirus phone briefing. Listen to the news conference below or click here.
Daily indicators

  • Tests reported Saturday: 157,320
  • Positive tests: 6,723
  • Statewide positivity rate with microclusters: 4.27% — the highest since back in May, Cuomo said.
  • The statewide positivity rate without the microcluster zones was 3.75%
  • The average positivity rate of all microclusters was 5.83%
  • New York City’s positvity rate was 2.7%
  • Long Island’s positivity rate was 3.6%
  • Deaths reported Saturday: 55
  • Total hospitalizations: 3,372

On NYC reopening schools

  • “I think that’s the right direction,” Cuomo said of the city’s school reopening plans. “I think schools should be open.” Read more.
  • There are new facts and information on the spread of coronavirus in schools and almost every expert says K-8 schools should be kept open as long as it’s safe to do so, the governor said.
  • The positvity rate is often lower in schools than it is in the surrounding neighborhood, Cuomo added.

11:30 p.m.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza held a coronavirus briefing. Watch the news conference below or click here.
NYC schools update

  • School buildings will be reopened in phases, de Blasio said. Read more.
  • Grades K-5, 3-K, and pre-K and will return to in-person learning on Monday Dec. 7.
  • D75 schools at all grade levels will return to in-person learning on Thursday, Dec. 10.
  • The mayor said the city will address the future of middle and high schools at a later date.
  • Schools located in the orange and red microcluster zones will have to follow the state’s guidance in order to reopen.
  • Testing in every school will go from monthly to weekly.
  • Students will not be allowed to return to in-person classes unless a signed COVID-19 testing consent form has been submitted by a parent or guardian.
  • The DOE is moving toward having students whose parents chose in-person learning to be in the classroom five days a week. De Blasio said some schools are prepared to offer full in-person learning as early as Dec. 7, but other schools will need more time to ramp up.

9 a.m.
Coronavirus hospitalizations and deaths continue to rise in New York. Read more.

New York reported 6,063 positive tests Friday, with a statewide positivity rate of 3.98%; an average positivity rate in microcluster zones of 5.65% and a statewide positivity rate without microcluster zones at 3.45%. There are currently 3,287 total hospitalizations. Another 42 deaths were reported Saturday.

The latest official numbers:
As of Saturday, there were 634,438 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 26,632 confirmed fatalities in New York, according to the Department of Health.

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The New York state coronavirus hotline is 1-888-364-3065; information is also being posted here

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