Cuomo: Counties, Cities Can Issue Mask Mandates For Area Schools

(Photo by Stephen B. Morton)

ALBANY – After receiving a request from a county executive downstate, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says county and city governments will be allowed to issue mask mandates for students in area schools.

Cuomo made the announcement during a COVID-19 briefing on Wednesday.








Along with this announcement, the governor shared the latest numbers as the pandemic continues.

Fifteen New Yorkers died on Tuesday. As of that day, 1,085 people were hospitalized and 236 of them were receiving intensive care.









Right now, New York has the second-lowest COVID-19 positivity rate in the U.S., only behind Maine. On the other hand, our neighbor to the south has a much higher rate. Cuomo says Pennsylvania’s positivity rate is 12%.

Johns Hopkins University State Positivity Chart:

Rank State Positivity
1 Mississippi 100%*
2 South Dakota 43.44%
3 Idaho 34.81%
4 Wyoming 31.61%
5 Wisconsin 27.96%
6 Iowa 26.36%
7 Alabama 25.17%
8 Nebraska 21.78%
9 Kansas 20.73%
10 Nevada 18.91%
11 Utah 18.17%
12 Montana 14.47%
13 Pennsylvania 12.07%
14 North Dakota 10.90%
15 Arkansas 10.11%
16 Tennessee 9.61%
17 Arizona 9.29%
18 Texas 9.29%
19 Missouri 9.23%
20 Oklahoma 9.09%
21 Kentucky 8.83%
22 New Mexico 8.30%
23 Indiana 7.84%
24 Alaska 7.66%
25 Georgia 7.44%
26 Delaware 7.44%
27 North Carolina 6.91%
28 Minnesota 6.86%
29 Colorado 6.60%
30 Illinois 6.57%
31 Oregon 6.41%
32 Virginia 5.82%
33 South Carolina 5.66%
34 Ohio 5.64%
35 Michigan 5.31%
36 Florida 4.96%
37 Louisiana 4.64%
38 West Virginia 4.21%
39 Washington 3.77%
40 New Jersey 3.66%
41 California 3.21%
42 Rhode Island 3.03%
43 Maryland 2.64%
44 Connecticut 2.51%
45 Vermont 2.39%
46 Hawaii 2.23%
47 District of Columbia 1.60%
48 Massachusetts 1.59%
49 New Hampshire 1.50%
50 New York 1.39%
51 Maine 0.77%

The majority of the U.S. is listed on New York’s travel advisory, which requires state residents to quarantine when returning from states with a high infection rate.















The governor reminded residents that the advisory is not a ban on travel.

 

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1 Comment

  1. From this same press conference on Wednesday, NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo joked about a young US citizen DYING of COVID-19.

    Cuomo thought it was so funny he laughed at it again when he was leaving the room, “And now he’s dead!” HaHaHaHa….. & …… “you can’t find that video anymore” …… HaHaHaHa

    …Not once, but TWICE!!!

    Everyone on the stage also LAUGHED, look at their faces……

    There is video…. The truth is out there

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