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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said schools in the city, Westchester and Long Island will close as early as Monday.

Right Now Gov. Andrew Cuomo said public schools in the city, Westchester and Long Island will close this week. Officials are developing plans to keep some schools open in the city to serve vulnerable students.

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Cuomo says New York City schools will close this week.

New York City’s public school system, the nation’s largest with 1.1 million students, will begin to largely shut down this week, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said on Sunday, in what is the city’s most aggressive and disruptive effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Public schools in Long Island and Westchester will also close this week, Mr. Cuomo said on Sunday.

The city and union leaders are working on plans for emergency child care for essential city workers whose children attend public schools. Mr. Cuomo said earlier on Sunday that any decision to close New York City’s schools must include a plan to allow parents who are health care workers to continue to report to hospitals.

The decision to close the schools came after the mayor faced increasing pressure throughout the day, including from the governor. Mr. Cuomo said in an interview with The New York Times on Sunday afternoon that the schools should close “as soon as Monday or Tuesday or Wednesday.”

“I believe that the New York City schools should be closed, period, ”he said. “We also need an immediate plan to provide child care for essential workers and for food programs for the children.”

The highly influential union that represents New York City’s public health care workers, 27027 SEIU, reversed course on Sunday and called on the mayor to close the city’s public schools. The union had been the only major union supporting his decision to keep schools open.

Mr. Cuomo endorsed the idea of ​​converting schools into child care centers for students whose parents are in essential jobs, such as those in hospitals.

As recently as Friday, Mr. de Blasio had pointed to SEIU’s support as a rationale for keeping schools open. The union had said it was concerned that mass school closures could keep essential medical personnel at home, caring for their children.

But the leaders of and the city’s teachers union, the United Federation of Teachers, had been in negotiations throughout the weekend to provide emergency child care for the public school children of health care employees.

“I have been in discussion with other allies on the possibility of providing this much needed child care through school resource centers, and I am confident that a plan will be reached to ensure that these children receive the care they need while their parents work, ”George Gresham, 27027 ‘s president, said in a statement on Sunday afternoon.

The union’s reversal significantly ramped up the p ressure on Mr. de Blasio to close city schools.

On Sunday morning, Mr. de Blasio said that all 1, schools would remain open, at least for the time being. “I’m very reticent to close the schools,” the mayor said during an appearance on CNN.

He said the city had begun to draw up contingency plans for possible closure, but said they were “imperfect” and would “by definition” not be able to compensate for regular, in-classroom instruction.

At the same time, pressure from Parents, teachers, and politicians to close city schools accelerated. Sharon Lee, the acting Queens borough president, urged Queens parents to keep their children home from school, and some teachers were organizing a “sick out” as a show of protest.

All public and private schools in Nassau County, which includes some of the most densely populated areas of Long Island, will be closed starting Monday, Laura Curran, the county executive, announced Sunday.

In New Jersey, Gov. Philip D. Murphy said Sunday that a statewide school shutdown would be “imminent.”

(Pressure to enact far more restrictions on New York City life.)
Some elected officials raised growing alarms on Sunday

They pointed out that bars and restaurants on Saturday night in many parts of the city ​​ were still relatively crowded , elevating the risk that the coronavirus would continue to spread rapidly.

City Council members, as (well as Scott M. Stringer) , the city comptroller, have begun calling on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio to order the closure of restaurants and bars.

“All nonessential services must be closed, including bars and restaurants,” Corey Johnson, the Council speaker, said in a statement. “We should keep essentials like grocery stores, bodegas, pharmacies, and banks open. And restaurants that can make deliveries should be able to stay open to provide delivery service for New Yorkers. ”

Mr. Cuomo called on Sunday for private businesses to voluntarily close and have their employees work from home. He said he was considering mandatory closures.

In addition, Mr. Cuomo asked that all nonessential state employees who work in the southern part of the state – New York City, Long Island, and Rockland and Westchester Counties – to work from home. Members of the Legislature should return to work in Albany, he said, likening them to soldiers during a war.

“The government must function,” he said at a news conference on Sunday afternoon.

While he continued to call for social distancing and sounded the alarm about the lack of hospital space, the governor also urged people to remain calm.

Mr. de Blasio and Mr. Cuomo on Sunday did not rule out enacting more aggressive actions to restrict social interactions to try to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

“Every option is on the table,” Mr. de Blasio said on CNN, adding he would be coordinating any further restrictions with Mr. Cuomo. Right now, bars and restaurants can remain open if they operate at percent of their maximum capacity.

No elected officials are calling for closing off the city by shutting down mass transit or roadways.

The officials have emphasized that mass transit must be running in order to ensure that the health care system continues to operate.

If the subway were shut down, health care workers would have difficulty reaching hospitals and other health care facilities.

Governor Cuomo asked President Trump on Sunday to allow the Army Corps of Engineers to help states more quickly combat the spread of the coronavirus and expand the capacity of hospitals.

In an Op -Ed in The New York Times , Mr. Cuomo said that the Corps could “leverage its expertise, equipment and people power to retrofit and equip existing facilities – like military bases or college dormitories – to serve as temporary medical centers.”

If the worst projections become true, Mr. Cuomo said, New York State’s hospital system would not be able to handle the rush of patients, many of whom would require acute care. The state has only 3, 192 intensive-care beds, he said.

Mr. Cuomo said on Sunday that the state will likely need thousands of additional intensive-care beds.

The number of confirmed cases in New York is now over .

As of Sunday, New York State had confirmed coronavirus cases, officials said. Three people have died: an – year-old woman in Brooklyn on Friday; a – – year-old man from Rockland County on Thursday; and a – year-old woman who died on Sunday in New York City.

The largest concentration of cases was in New York City, where People have tested positive.

There were confirmed cases in Westchester County, just north of New York City.

On Long Island, there were 186 confirmed cases in Nassau County and at least 79 in Suffolk County.

Just under 41 percent of the total cases in New York were of people who were hospitalized, Mr. Cuomo.

. Cuomo said efforts in the city and state were still focused on tamping down the disease where they could. The state tested people for the virus on Friday.

The governor expressed concerns about hospital capacity, particularly in intensive care . The state has approximately 3, ICU beds, about percent of which are already occupied, he said.

“That’s what this is all about,” the governor said. “How do you, can you, reduce the rate of spread to a level that your hospital system can manage?”

(New York’s presidential primary could be delayed.)

New York State’s presidential primary election could be moved

Two other states – (Louisiana) and (Georgia) – have already postponed their primaries and other states are debating similar delays and alternatives, including mail-in balloting measures to avoid large crowds in public.

Douglas A. Kellner, co-chairman of the New York State Board of Elections, confirmed on Sunday that discussions were underway about the possibility of delaying the primary to curb the spread of the virus. But he said that no final decision had been reached.

Students at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, are dealing with the emotions and logistical hurdles of being told to return home because all in-person classes have been canceled for the rest of the semester.

Cornell was one of the (first universities in the country to suspend classes on campus , and the college has given students a three-week break to make the journey home before online courses begin.

The news set off a range of emotions among students, especially seniors whose college careers will not end as they had imagined.

“I feel like a lot of experiences have been stolen from me, ”Justin Welfeld, a senior, said.

The trip home is not easy for some students, particularly those who live overseas. But some students refused to leave, vowing to remain near campus even after dorms shut down later this month.

“I’m staying,” said Linden Wike, , a senior majoring in astronomy, who questioned the length of the pause on normal, in-person classes and the wisdom of sending people “to where it might be worse . ”

Stacy Cowley, Anupreeta Das, Matthew Haag, Jesse McKinley, Eliza Shapiro and Tracey Tully contributed reporting.

          

              

                                                               

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