New York to keep schools closed for remainder of academic year


-Cuomo says NY has completed the largest antibody survey in the nation to discover the rate of infection among New Yorkers, with 15,103 tested so far.

"The MTA is going to literally disinfect every train", Cuomo announced Saturday, adding that cleaners in hazmat suits will go through the whole train with a misting device and spray every surface with disinfectant.

Hospitalizations, intubations, and the number of new cases fell again, per the state's department of health. He also said the number of new people with COVID-19 entering hospitals each day continues to come down, but he says that number continues to be high, with 831 on Friday.

Although the daily death toll fell to its lowest in the past one month, NY officials have made a decision to keep all state schools shut till the end of the academic year. About 18.4 percent of Queens residents tested positive for the coronavirus antibodies and Manhattan had the least amount of positive tests with 17.3 percent.

"New Yorkers changed reality, and changed the path of the virus's spread". Cuomo says we need the system clean and safe for the front-line workers who need to ride trains and buses to get to work. Cuomo asked as he walked onto a subway auto, while five workers in hazmat suits were abuzz with activity around him, video released by the governor's office shows.

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the results of the state's completed antibody testing study show 12.3 percent of the population have COVID-19 antibodies.

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About 20% of New York City residents who were tested had antibodies; the Bronx had the highest percentage of people with positive tests.

Food banks in the Western New York region will receive $2.1 million.

The governor had said Friday that the state would be closing all schools and universities through the end of the academic year. Summer school plans will be announced by the end of May. "Given the circumstances that we're in and the precautions that would have to be put in place.we don't think it is possible to do that in a way that would keep our children and educators safe", Cuomo said.

New York State will distribute 7 million cloth masks to nursing homes and poorer communities statewide.

ALBANY, NY - MAY 01: New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during his daily press briefing on May 1, 2020 in Albany, New York.