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New York governor raises alarm about new virus hot spots

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo/File
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo/File
Published: Sep. 28, 2020 at 5:21 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 29, 2020 at 11:07 AM EDT
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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo is raising alarm about the emergence of a handful of coronavirus hot spots in New York.

The Democratic governor said Monday that just 10 ZIP codes represent a quarter of the state’s new infections in recent testing. New York has reported just over 11,500 new COVID-19 infections over the past two weeks. Cuomo says the state has 200 rapid testing machines available.

A disproportionate number of new cases have come from a handful of communities in and north of New York City that are home to many Orthodox Jews. Cuomo warned he could close schools where too many people are testing positive.

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Hundreds of thousands of elementary school students are heading back to classrooms starting Tuesday as New York City enters a high-stakes phase of resuming in-person learning during the coronavirus pandemic. The elementary school reopening was delayed twice and comes over objections from school principals who said the city’s complicated, changing plans put them in a staffing bind. Pre-kindergarteners and some special education students are already back in the city’s virus-altered version of in-person school, learning sometimes in classrooms and sometimes at home. In-person learning for middle and high school students is scheduled to begin Thursday.

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