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Cuomo: There's no plan to reopen schools at this time

Gov. Andrew Cuomo holds his daily press briefing on New York's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Posted: Apr 20, 2020 3:30 PM
Updated: Apr 20, 2020 5:20 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. – After some New York schools claimed they were planning to reopen before the end of this school year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that those schools would be in violation of his executive orders.

“Schools are closed all across the state. Period. There's no plan to reopen schools. Period,” he said.

According to Cuomo, the decision to reopen schools will come after a plan is developed that includes improved health standards. But the state has not reached that stage yet.

“If we make a decision to reopen schools - we then would need a whole plan on how to reopen a school -- with the right public health standards -- with disinfecting, with all the precautions. which is a major, major undertaking. So, we're not there yet,” he said.

On Monday, Cuomo also pushed for the federal government to provide a 50% bonus for essential public workers.

"Essential public workers are the ones on the front lines every day carrying us through this crisis, and we must ensure their efforts and sacrifice are appropriately recognized," said Cuomo. "This crisis is not over yet, and as long as these workers continue to work and expose themselves to the virus, they should be properly compensated. I am calling on the federal government to provide hazard pay to these frontline workers and give them a 50% bonus because they are the true heroes in this crisis."

Cuomo reported 4,726 new positive cases of coronavirus, bringing the state total to 247,512.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 397131

Reported Deaths: 32206
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New York City21696923190
Nassau420312186
Suffolk416421983
Westchester350431427
Rockland13648668
Orange10775484
Erie7475639
Dutchess4243152
Monroe3953273
Onondaga2949188
Albany2152121
Ulster183486
Oneida174298
Sullivan145648
Putnam133663
Niagara128488
Schenectady83437
Broome75358
Saratoga56617
Rensselaer56530
Columbia47537
Madison36317
Orleans28254
Ontario28033
Steuben27041
Warren26933
Greene26318
Fulton26124
Washington24614
Genesee2395
St. Lawrence2242
Oswego2063
Wayne1853
Tompkins1790
Herkimer1733
Chenango1505
Chemung1462
Tioga14624
Chautauqua1327
Livingston1328
Cattaraugus1276
Cayuga1202
Montgomery1194
Clinton1034
Wyoming975
Jefferson940
Delaware914
Otsego865
Seneca710
Allegany631
Schoharie590
Cortland510
Essex480
Yates486
Franklin330
Lewis310
Schuyler130
Hamilton60
Unassigned00
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