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Gov. Cuomo Announces New Testing Plan For New York Schools In COVID-19 Hot Spots

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced a new testing plan that will allow schools in coronavirus hot spots to open.

Faculty, students and staff will all be tested.

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Following initial testing, at least 25% of each school's population will be tested weekly until they are no longer red or orange zones.

Schools in yellow zones will have to test 20% of the population.

The positivity rate must be 2% or lower for New York City schools to be open and 3% outside the city.


Friday, Mayor Bill de Blasio reported 514 new COVID-19 cases.

He says the city's infection rate now stands at 1.57%.


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