DOE begins random testing in schools as Gov. Cuomo says COVID-19 will be around ‘for at least another year'

Coronavirus isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

News 12 Staff

Oct 13, 2020, 12:02 PM

Updated 1,325 days ago

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Coronavirus isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Gov. Cuomo’s remarks come as parts of Brooklyn remain shut down, labeled as being COVID hotspots.
While schools in “red zones” remain closed, the Department of Education is doing random testing at schools that are still open.
A spokesperson for the DOE tweeted that the first day of random testing was done Friday at 56 schools. They tell News 12 of the 1,751 tests done, one came back positive.
News 12 is told more random testing will start up again today and throughout the week. The governor says even though numbers “seem to be losing their meaning,” the goal is to keep managing clusters and the way to do that is to stay on top of testing and data.
The governor also went on to say that he expects the virus to be around for at least another year or so, but says that might be an optimistic assessment in itself until a vaccine comes out.
He says that estimate is for the first wave that we are currently battling not what the second wave which he says is expected.
Each week the city has been setting up mobile testing sites around the five boroughs.


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