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NYS health officials acknowledge they have no official data targets for ending school mask mandate

New York state health officials have acknowledged they have no precise, quantitative metric for determining when the mandate requiring masks in schools should end.

Travis O’Donnell, an official with the state Health Department, told New York’s Public Health and Health Planning Council on Thursday, February 10 that the state has not yet developed a target metric for lifting the mandate, according to Albany Times-Union.

“We have not established a cut point for metrics, mainly because we use all of them together,” said state DOH Commissioner Mary T. Bassett to the planning council. “We use all of these together. There’s no one rule and there probably will never be a ‘one rule’ that we use for determining where we stand with the pandemic, but we are in a very good place.”

Governor Kathy Hochul stated last week that the mask mandate in schools would not end until at least early March, when students return from their winter break.