New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he was waiting to see the data from New York schools before deciding whether to keep it open.
“We’ll know from the data tomorrow,” Cuomo said. “Schools have to report the data to the state – they do tests. The numbers will tell you the facts and once you understand the facts, you can act logically. If the schools are not safe, you will not allow them to work.”
Although the rate of coronavirus infection in New York is still about 1%, there are 20 zip codes with an average positive test rate of 5%, about five times the national average.
An additional 1,189 positive tests have been recorded in the last 24 hours out of a total of 88,231
Two more people died from COVID-19 during the same period.
Cuomo said the clusters in Rockland and Orange counties, as well as Brooklyn, are perhaps the largest clusters in the state since the pandemic began.
The governor has deployed additional resources for testing in these areas and called on local authorities to target clusters.
Cuomo also released the names of seven doctors who will conduct a further review of all coronavirus vaccines approved by the US Food and Drug Administration – Cuomo said President Donald Trump has threatened to deny the vaccine to New Yorkers because as the state plans to conduct its own vaccine review.
J. Gabriel Ware of ABC News contributed to this report.