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NYC Mayor orders all public schools closed after city’s covid positivity hits 3%

NEW YORK CITY (77WABC) – New York City has reached the 3% 7 day covid-19 positivity rate which means that Mayor Bill de Blasio has ordered the closure of all public schools.

The mayor warned parents since Friday that they should prepare for a school shutdown.  TAs soon as schools reopened, the mayor has said that he would move all students to fully remote learning if the city hit that 3% threshold.

Governor Cuomo has repeatedly signaled in recent days that New York City leaders should set a different standard for closing schools.

“Now we know that schools are actually safer than the surrounding community and we should rethink that 3 percent,” he said Monday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

City officials set the threshold long before students returned to classrooms at a time — as Cuomo put it — when the positivity rate typically was 1 percent and 3 percent seemed unthinkable.

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