COVID-19 US: New York hospitalizations are the highest since June

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The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in New York state is the highest it has been since June – as New York City schools remain open with the city’s coronavirus test results remaining just under the limit that would force a shutdown.

Total hospitalizations across the state were at 1,968 on Sunday – a figure not seen since June 10. 

There were 3,490 confirmed cases across the state with the seven-day rolling average for the positivity rate now at 2.9 percent. 

Twenty five new deaths were reported statewide on Sunday. 

Over the past seven days, the state has averaged 4,500 positive tests per day. The state’s hospitals and nursing homes have reported 185 deaths over the past seven days. 

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in New York state is the highest it has been since June. There has been an uptick in testing of late in NYC with New Yorkers lining for hours outside CityMDs and testing sites ahead of the holidays and as cases continue to rise. Pictured above is a line outside a CityMD in Astoria, Queens on Monday

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in New York state is the highest it has been since June. There has been an uptick in testing of late in NYC with New Yorkers lining for hours outside CityMDs and testing sites ahead of the holidays and as cases continue to rise. Pictured above is a line outside a CityMD in Astoria, Queens on Monday

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in New York state is the highest it has been since June. There has been an uptick in testing of late in NYC with New Yorkers lining for hours outside CityMDs and testing sites ahead of the holidays and as cases continue to rise. Pictured above is a line outside a CityMD in Astoria, Queens on Monday

Total hospitalizations across the state were at 1,968 on Sunday - a figure not seen since June 10

Total hospitalizations across the state were at 1,968 on Sunday - a figure not seen since June 10

Total hospitalizations across the state were at 1,968 on Sunday – a figure not seen since June 10

New York has struggled to contain rising rates of coronavirus infections in recent weeks with various clusters in Brooklyn, Westchester and the Finger Lakes.

There has been an uptick in testing of late in NYC with New Yorkers lining for hours outside CityMDs and testing sites ahead of the holidays and as cases continue to rise. 

Mayor Bill de Blasio has said that public schools will remain open for now in NYC because the city’s test results have not reached the level that would trigger a shutdown. 

De Blasio had warned last week that schools could close as soon as Monday if the city crossed the threshold set earlier of 3 percent of coronavirus tests citywide coming back positive over a seven-day period. 

The rate is currently at 2.77 percent. In New York City, there are currently 91 patients in hospital and 1,057 new cases as of Monday. 

‘Today New York City schools are open,’ de Blasio said in his daily briefing. ‘Tomorrow they will be open as well. We’ve got a fight ahead to keep them open. But I’m not giving up and you shouldn’t give up either. Every day that we can keep our schools open is a blessing for our children and our families.’  

There were 3,490 confirmed cases across the state with the seven-day rolling average for the positivity rate now at 2.9 percent

There were 3,490 confirmed cases across the state with the seven-day rolling average for the positivity rate now at 2.9 percent

There were 3,490 confirmed cases across the state with the seven-day rolling average for the positivity rate now at 2.9 percent

New York has struggled to contain rising rates of coronavirus infections in recent weeks with various clusters in Brooklyn, Westchester and the Finger Lakes

New York has struggled to contain rising rates of coronavirus infections in recent weeks with various clusters in Brooklyn, Westchester and the Finger Lakes

New York has struggled to contain rising rates of coronavirus infections in recent weeks with various clusters in Brooklyn, Westchester and the Finger Lakes

About 280,000 of the city’s 1 million-plus public school students are attending school in person part of the time, while the rest are learning remotely five days a week.

Since the start of in-person learning, about 980 students and 1,150 teachers and staff have tested positive for the virus, forcing the temporary closure of about 550 classrooms.

Asked if the city should be flexible about the 3% threshold, de Blasio said: ‘We set a standard. We asked everyone to trust it and believe in it. It’s important to keep consistency with that.’

Gov Cuomo, however, on Monday said schools that have low infection rates shouldn’t have to close, noting that de Blasio’s 3 percent benchmark was made months ago before more precise data was available. 

‘The infection rate in the schools is much lower than the rest of the city and the rest of the community. Why not leave the children in the schools rather than have them around run around the streets where the infection rate is five times as high,’ Cuomo told MSNBC.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has said that public schools will remain open for now in NYC because the city's test results have not reached the level that would trigger a shutdown. The rate is currently at 2.77 percent, which is below the 3 percent mark

Mayor Bill de Blasio has said that public schools will remain open for now in NYC because the city's test results have not reached the level that would trigger a shutdown. The rate is currently at 2.77 percent, which is below the 3 percent mark

Mayor Bill de Blasio has said that public schools will remain open for now in NYC because the city’s test results have not reached the level that would trigger a shutdown. The rate is currently at 2.77 percent, which is below the 3 percent mark

Cases in New York City have been rising consistently this month

Cases in New York City have been rising consistently this month

Cases in New York City have been rising consistently this month 

In New York City, there are currently 91 patients in hospital as of Monday

In New York City, there are currently 91 patients in hospital as of Monday

In New York City, there are currently 91 patients in hospital as of Monday

‘What I’m suggesting to the parents and the teachers and the mayor is, let’s take a second calculus which is the infection rate in the school. We know New York City is at 3 percent. Let’s add an element of the infection rate in the school and if the school is below a certain threshold, let that school reopen. But the parents and the teachers have to agree. There is no fiat here.

‘If the parents don’t agree, they don’t send their child, school doesn’t matter. If the teachers don’t agree, they don’t come into the school, you don’t have a classroom. So that’s the discussion that’s going on right now. I think it’s a good discussion.’ 

It comes as lines for COVID-19 testing increased across the city in the lead up to Thanksgiving and CityMD announced they are now closing practices early because of months of strain on staff. 

All CityMD locations throughout the city are closing 90 minutes earlier from Monday.

‘Our goal is to treat every person who needs care. Period. But unfortunately, we can’t stay open past our normal hours on a daily basis,’ a statement read. 

‘Our site staff and doctors have been seeing patients well beyond normal closing time for months now and we’ve reached the point where they are sacrificing their own safety and health.’ 

Meanwhile, the city’s sheriff’s deputies stayed busy enforcing virus rules, clamping down on several big, underground night spots over the weekend, including a fight club in the Bronx that drew as many as 200 people.

There has been an uptick in testing of late in NYC with New Yorkers lining for hours outside CityMDs and testing sites ahead of the holidays and as cases continue to rise. Pictured is a CityMD in Manhattan on Monday

There has been an uptick in testing of late in NYC with New Yorkers lining for hours outside CityMDs and testing sites ahead of the holidays and as cases continue to rise. Pictured is a CityMD in Manhattan on Monday

There has been an uptick in testing of late in NYC with New Yorkers lining for hours outside CityMDs and testing sites ahead of the holidays and as cases continue to rise. Pictured is a CityMD in Manhattan on Monday

Lines for COVID-19 testing increased across the city in the lead up to Thanksgiving and CityMD announced they are now closing practices early because of months of strain on staff

Lines for COVID-19 testing increased across the city in the lead up to Thanksgiving and CityMD announced they are now closing practices early because of months of strain on staff

Lines for COVID-19 testing increased across the city in the lead up to Thanksgiving and CityMD announced they are now closing practices early because of months of strain on staff

Deputy New York City sheriffs enforcing COVID-19 crowd limits broke up an amateur fight night event in a Bronx warehouse late Friday, where they said about 200 people crowded together cheering the two combatants.

The unsanctioned fight would have been illegal even before the coronavirus pandemic, but risked becoming a public health threat as infections are rising around the state. The size of the crowd far exceeded the state’s limit on nonessential gatherings of 10 people, authorities said.

Ten fight club organizers and promoters were arrested on charges including liquor law violations and holding an event for a prohibited sport.

Early Saturday morning, deputies broke up an illegal “bottle service club” in Brooklyn where more than 185 people had gathered. Three organizers were charged with misdemeanors.

The same morning a similar bust of another underground club was made in Manhattan, where more than 200 people were gathered. Four organizers were charged. 

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