This story was reported by Catherine Carrera, Matthew Chayes, Bart Jones, David Reich-Hale, Joie Tyrrell and John Valenti. It was written by Jones.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Tuesday that Ohio, Michigan and Virginia were added to list of states and territories with high levels of COVID-19 infection and from which travelers must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival here. No places were removed from the list, which numbers more than 30 states and territories.
More schools on Long Island responded to new cases while New York City schools reported a “really encouraging” result from recent testing, New York City Mayor de Blasio said Tuesday.
The positivity level from tests completed Monday was measured at 1.2% statewide, but 4.13% in about 20 “hot spots” that the state is targeting in Brooklyn and Queens, along with Rockland and Orange counties.
The “red zone” level was up from the 3.70% the day before. Those areas are home to 2.8% of state’s population, yet had 12.3% of all positive cases reported Monday to New York State, Cuomo said.
States/regions in red are included on New York’s travel advisory list as of Oct. 13, 2020. Guam and Puerto Rico, not pictured, are also on the list.
“Our numbers overall continue to remain steady, despite the micro-clusters that have popped up in certain pockets of the state. Our strategy is to continue to identify these clusters if and when they pop up, get even more refined in our targeting and attack them as needed,” Cuomo said.
“As we go into the fall, and the numbers nationwide are going up, we must work to keep our numbers down — and that’s going to take every New Yorker wearing their masks, socially distancing and being New York Tough to maintain our progress.”
Eleven people died of coronavirus-related causes in the state on Monday, and 923 people were hospitalized with the virus — an increase of 45 people from the previous day.
The infection level was 1.1% on Long Island and 1.3% in New York City. The number of new confirmed cases was 101 in Nassau County, 68 in Suffolk County and 545 in New York City.
State Liquor Authority agents and State Police inspected 470 establishments on Monday and issued summonses to three of them — all in Nassau County — for violating state laws on mask wearing and social distancing.
NYC schools test results: Only one case
New York City found only one positive case of COVID-19 in public schools from random tests conducted on 1,751 people, including students and staff, at 56 schools.
The random tests began last Friday, de Blasio said Tuesday morning at his daily news conference, and the schools started to reopen last month for in-person classes.
“That’s really, really encouraging, and it says how important it is to constantly keep a lookout, and constantly focus on testing” de Blasio said.
As part of a deal with the city teachers’ labor union, de Blasio agreed to a randomized, monthly testing regimen, with as many as 20% of adults and students in each building to be tested and shutdown plans dependent on coronavirus infection rates.
He urged parents to sign required consent forms so the testing program can continue.
Also Tuesday, de Blasio said that by the end of this week, the city could know whether the restrictions imposed late last week on coronavirus hot spots — limitations on gatherings, closure of businesses and schools, in parts of Brooklyn and Queens — would last two weeks, the minimum period, or longer.
He said that the city has begun to see a “leveling off” of infections, although he didn’t give specific numbers to back up his assertion.
“We’re just seeing areas that were going up not going up anymore,” he said. “It’s not across the board. It’s not perfect. We have a lot of work to do. But we’re seeing a leveling off in the sense of not-consistent increases.”
School cases in Levittown, Valley Stream, Islip
On Long Island, an additional person at MacArthur High School in Levittown tested positive for the virus, Superintendent Tonie McDonald said in an email Tuesday to families. This case marked four at the high school in one week, according to notices from the district.
McDonald said last week that two positive cases at the high school were related to a party on Oct. 3. Levittown did not provide any further information about that party, but McDonald said, “it is believed that the participants were not wearing masks.”
She also reported a third case at the high school on Oct. 6, but did not specify if it was connected to the party. The district suspended in-person learning at MacArthur on Oct. 7.
The fourth positive case reported Tuesday was of a student who was quarantined due to last week’s cases, she said.
The district also reported in the email Tuesday a positive case at Gardiners Avenue Elementary School in Levittown. The district did not say if it was of a student or staff member. The school remained open since “elementary students are six feet apart, using desk barriers and wearing face coverings,” the email read.
There was a positive case of a student at James A. Dever Elementary School in Valley Stream last week, according to a notice from Superintendent Constance D. Evelyn. The Valley Stream 13 district ordered students and teachers from that child’s classroom to follow a remote schedule on Oct. 7.
Some students at the Maud S. Sherwood Elementary School in the Islip School District have been asked to quarantine, as per Suffolk County Department of Health protocols, after a student at the school tested positive for COVID-19, Superintendent of Schools Ellen Semel said in a note to parents.
The student was last in the building on Oct. 5, Semel wrote in a separate note.
The first letter to parents, issued Saturday, involved notification of the positive test.
The second note, sent Sunday, informed parents that all families with children that might have been affected and would need to quarantine had been contacted. Families that hadn’t been contacted were not on the quarantine list and their children could attend school on Tuesday, the note said.
The note, however, said there was the “potential” for additional mandatory quarantines, depending on the advice and guidelines set forth by the county health department.
The school had been closed Monday due to the holiday observance of Columbus Day.
The state’s COVID-19 Report Card, the information dashboard that details information on infections in school districts across the state, has recently added breakdown-by-regions option that includes Long Island. The dashboard can be searched to find a school or district and learn the number of cases and other information, such as whether those infected are students or staffers.
The state launched the site in early September to provide the public with more transparency about the level of virus in schools.
More patients at Northwell
Northwell Health on Tuesday said the number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 continues to creep up. The largest health system in the state said it had 132 COVID-19 patients at the 19 hospitals it owns and operates, up from 104 on Oct. 1.
Northwell reported 20 COVID-19 admissions over the last 24 hours, seven of which were on Long Island.
North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset has the most coronavirus patients, with 29. The health system doesn’t disclose how many of those patients are Long Island residents.
Lenox Hill in Manhattan was second, with 21 COVID-19 patients.
Northwell operates nearly half the hospitals on Long Island. At its peak in April, Northwell had more than 3,400 COVID-19 patients at its hospitals.
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NEW YORK’S TRAVEL QUARANTINE LIST
Travelers in New York State’s “travel advisory” list, due to community spread of the COVID-19 virus, are required to quarantine for 14 days. The quarantine applies to any person arriving from an area with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a seven-day rolling average, or an area with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average. The following is the updated list of states and other jurisdictions whose travelers face those restrictions in New York as of Oct. 13:
Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.
SOURCE: New York Governor’s Office