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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.

Cases: 2136032

Reported Deaths: 53813
CountyCasesDeaths
Kings28550710509
Queens28088910015
Suffolk2030273409
Nassau1858663184
Bronx1857776597
New York1413674524
Westchester1307522295
Erie901851814
Richmond766061850
Monroe695991117
Orange48768847
Rockland47307968
Onondaga39280680
Dutchess29728447
Albany24893358
Oneida22765517
Niagara20168375
Broome18744367
Saratoga15563168
Ulster14043258
Schenectady13291205
Rensselaer11333145
Putnam1068293
Chautauqua8990146
Chemung7826137
Oswego767593
Ontario746293
Steuben6998147
Sullivan673576
St. Lawrence671597
Cayuga638692
Jefferson622668
Wayne581873
Cattaraugus576592
Genesee5452124
Herkimer5235110
Clinton486833
Madison459989
Livingston455060
Fulton444993
Tompkins439152
Montgomery4276128
Columbia4109104
Cortland395564
Tioga385863
Warren373762
Wyoming361453
Allegany357687
Chenango352777
Otsego347747
Greene345279
Washington318755
Orleans313983
Lewis283136
Franklin257012
Delaware241239
Seneca202157
Schoharie171918
Essex162026
Yates118226
Schuyler108614
Hamilton3162
Unassigned8812
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