Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned Monday that some New York schools could be closed for weeks because of the coronavirus.
”If a student tests positive in a school, the school is closed for an initial 24-hour period so we can do an assessment,’’ the governor said at a press conference.
If there are continued concerns about the facility after that, “At this point, it’s fair to say, we’re talking about a number of weeks’’ before it would reopen, he said.
“We have a major problem in New Rochelle,” the governor noted, referring to the Westchester County town where an infected lawyer who works in Midtown lives and has been tied to at least part of the outbreak there.
The county is the hardest-hit area in the state, at least so far, in terms of the virus, with 98 cases Monday — or 37 more than Sunday.
State officials said the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was assessing the New Rochelle school situation Monday and considering closing all of the facilities.
Cuomo predicted, “We are going to be closing schools for weeks.”
As part of the state’s current 142 tally, there also are 19 patients in New York City — up from at least six Sunday.
Eight people in the state with the virus are hospitalized, Cuomo said.
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