Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Wednesday, July 8, 2020

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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.

11:30 a.m.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo made announcements on NY’s reopening plans. Click here to watch in full.

Reopening Updates:

  • Cuomo says beginning Friday, July 10, shopping malls can open in regions in Phase 4 of reopening, so long as they have enhanced HVAC filtration systems and measures in place.
    • MERV-13 or highest rating compatible with the system – but no less than MERV-11 rating
    • Ventilation protocols: Increased outdoor air, reduced air recirculation, longer system run times, frequent filter checks
  • New York schools updates:
    • July 13: State will have finalized guidelines for schools
    • July 31: Local school districts submit reopening plans to state, including precautions and possible phases
    • Aug. 1 – 7: State makes decisions on whether those districts can reopen their schools or not

Breaking Updates:

  • NY reported 97 coronavirus patients on breathing machines Tuesday, the first time this number is under 1`00 since March.
  • Tuesday saw 11 new COVID-19 fatalities across New York.
  • There were 57,585 tests given Tuesday, 692 came back positive, or just 1.2%.
  • After three states were added to tri-state travel advisory, Cuomo said airlines have agreed to manage handing out tracking forms to travelers flying into NY, NJ and CT from hard-hit states on list.
  • All New York county fairs canceled.

10 a.m.
Mayor Bill de Blasio holds his daily briefing. Watch in video below or click here.

Reopening school plan READ MORE.

  • 1.1 million children are in NYC public schools
  • The city conducted a survey, and about 75% of parents and families want to send their child back to schools.
  • “This is the most challenging task” educators have faced.
  • Social distancing is necessary. Schools that are overcrowded will struggle.
  • The approach we will use is blended learning:
    • Students learn five days a week
    • Mix of in-person and remote learning
    • Most students in school two or three days each week
    • Ensure safety in every school
  • Health and safety
    • Face coverings required, provided for students and staff
    • Nightly deep cleaning
    • Staff training
    • Fewer students in each classroom
    • Use of large spaces for classes (cafeterias, gyms, auditoriums)
    • Updated entry, exit and hallway layout
    • Working with SCA, community partners to identify non-DOE space (Is leasing spaces also an option? Mayor says city is going to use everything we’ve got for classroom space. If there’s space that can be leased nearby schools, we’ll look into it.)
  • Most schools will choose from three reopening models (some students may be remote throughout the year.)
  • There’s also another model where there are groups of students, such as students with disabilities, who may go to school five days a week. However, it depends on the situation.
  • The goal is to have as many students as possible in schools.
  • Equity and excellence: We will deliver every student the support needed to excel
    • Continued focus on high-quality instruction, integrated with social and emotional learning, trauma-informed care
    • Time to readjust in school buildings, adapt to changes
    • In-person services offered to students with IEPs who opt to recent them to get the greatest extent possible
    • Multilingual learners will receive instructional programs that ensured continued progress in language development.
  • Extracurricular activities: Number of teams working to identify how it will pan out.

Keeping families informed

Daily indicators

  • COVID hospitalizations: 65
  • H+H ICUs: 299
  • Percentage tested positive: 1%

Happening Today:
New York City’s Test & Trace Corps holds a citywide “Get Tested Day of Action” in an effort to get more New Yorkers tested for COVID-19. Watch more above.

Head here now to get more information and find a free testing site near you.

Latest official numbers:
As of Wednesday morning, a total of 398,237 people had tested positive for COVID-19 in New York, with the state’s death toll at 24,924.

COVID-19 timeline: How novel coronavirus spread

Tips to protect yourself and others amid coronavirus outbreaks

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

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