MANHATTAN – 2.3%
BROOKLYN – 3.9%
QUEENS – 4.6%
BRONX – 5.1%
STATEN ISLAND – 4.5%
NYC WHOLE – 2.5%
NY STATE – 2.6%
CALIFORNIA – 8%
ALABAMA – 24.7%
IOWA – 50%
SOUTH DAKOTA – 55.6%
Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday said there would not be a New York City shutdown anytime in the next 10 days because the infection rate is so low, but he said he was ‘worried’ Thanksgiving could cause a large spike.
Cuomo hosted a conference call with reporters where he said he wanted to put ‘into context’ how low New York’s infection rate was compared with other states.
Currently, the statewide infection rate is 2.6 percent and New York City’s is 2.5 percent.
That’s compared to more than 50 percent in some Midwestern states.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has sparked panic by saying a shutdown is imminent and that Cuomo is about to impose one. He has already closed public schools – a decision that has sparked outrage among parents.
On Friday, Cuomo said that New York City would not enter an ‘orange zone’ – which is the threshold he has set for starting to close businesses and end things like indoor dining – because the 7-day rolling average infection rate has to be more than 3 percent for 10 straight days to trigger it.
That has not happened and cannot now before the first week of December.
He told journalists that the state was dealing with a problem that was ‘one ninth’ of what happened in March and April, and that if the numbers kept increasing at as slow a rate as they are now, the state would be ‘fine’.
‘[The numbers] are going up much slower because the strategy and the rules work.
‘If we maintain the strategy the numbers will stay low, they’ll go up but they’ll go up slowly and if they go up slowly, we are fine.
‘We’re one ninth of where we are. You have states that are higher in hospitalizations than they’ve ever been.
‘The context here is very, very important. I want New Yorkers to have confidence in the rules that we’re setting,’ he said.
De Blasio, in trying to justify his decision, on Thursday said it was because New York City had once been ‘the epicenter’.
He also promised that Cuomo – who is the only official with the power to shut down businesses – would do so soon.
Mayor de Blasio says the city’s infection rate is 3 percent – he has used the threshold to close schools. Cuomo on Friday said to put into context that New York’s infection rate was considerably lower than other states
A sign on the door of a closed public school in Brooklyn. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city’s entire public school system, the largest in the country, will indefinitely suspend all in-school classes
At odds: Mayor Bill de Blasio justified closing public schools because he said Gov. Cuomo was going to start shutting down businesses ‘soon’. On Thursday, Cuomo said it was still too soon for that
The infection rate in New York City is 2.5 percent but in schools it is only 0.19 percent.
On Thursday night, the governors of New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts issued a joint statement on the issue.
They didn’t name de Blasio but it was a clear jab at him.
It’s unclear if Cuomo now has the power to overrule de Blasio to reopen the schools and if he will do that if he can, given the growing outrage.
His press office did not immediately respond on Friday when asked if he could or would reverse de Blasio’s decision.
‘Medical research as well as data from Northeastern states, from across the country and from around the world make clear that in-person learning is safe when the appropriate protections are in place, even in communities with high transmission rates.
‘In-person learning is the best possible scenario for children, especially to those with special needs and from low-income families.
‘There is also growing evidence that the more time children spend outside of school increases the risk of mental health harm and affects their ability to truly learn,’ the statement read.
De Blasio is insisting that another lockdown is coming, even though he does not have the authority to impose one.
He said during an interview on Friday on the Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC: ‘The overall situation on restrictions that are coming, I’ve been very overt about the fact that the Governor has said an orange zone is coming to New York City.
‘By our projections based on the State data , that will happen soon after Thanksgiving, probably the first week of December.
‘And that means a variety of restrictions, including closing indoor dining and closing gyms among other things.
‘And again, I don’t say that with anything about sorrow, for the people who work in those places who need them for their livelihood, the people who own those small businesses and try to make them work through this.
‘But that is what’s going to happen. And then on schools, we’re going to have an update certainly before Thanksgiving.
‘I think in the next few days, we’re going to have an update on the reopening plan and what it’s going to take.’