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Schools will have to shut down for 24 hours for positive coronavirus test

A new policy set forth by Governor Andrew Cuomo will require schools to shut down for 24 hours following a positive coronavirus test.

The potential closures will allow officials to appropriately assess the situation and determine what needs to be done going forward.

“For all schools, we’re going to set a policy that if a student tests positive in a school that school is closed for an initial 24-hour period so that we can do as assessment of the situation and the facts and then make a determination going forward given the facts in that particular school district and the Department of Health is going to be doing a joint regulation with SED on that,” said Cuomo.

Schools throughout the state have already started planning for potential closure as part of coronavirus response.

On Monday it became official that the state had seen a 35% spike in coronavirus cases. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that the statewide total rose from 105 to 142.



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