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NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- New York City missed the deadline for submitting its plan to reopen schools in the fall to the state despite Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiling the plan on Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday.

Cuomo said the Department of Education submitted its plans for reopening the school district to the state late Friday afternoon, but received a two-week extension from the state for its plan for individual schools.



"I am disappointed that New York City didn't have their plan on time, because that's one of the main districts where there is a lot of discussion and dialogue and until there's a plan people are not going to feel there's an informed dialogue. And to have that whole process, have that discussion, get it done in two weeks, is going to be hard. And if parents are not comfortable and confident - I'm telling you, they're not going to send their child. so you'll open the schools, you'll have partial attendance, which will serve no one."

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At his daily briefing, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city would be watching the positivity rate for COVID-19 in NYC to determine if schools can reopen and stay open for the 2020-2021 school year.



The reopening plan is just the start of the dialogue between parents and the school district, Cuomo said, not the end.

Cuomo said he is "getting deluged with calls from parents who are concerned."

He said any assumption that parents will send their children to reopened school districts "is not the case."

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About 650 of the 700 districts statewide filed their reopening plans by Friday.

Cuomo said the state will make the "initial decision" on whether to reopen schools across the state in the next week, but will closely watch the infection rate.

He said "schools should plan on reopening" at this point, but Cuomo cautioned "it's not flicking a switch."

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Infection rate in Mid-Hudson Region below 1 percent

■ State health officials said that, as of Sunday (Aug. 9), 1,449 (+2 from the day before) people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Putnam County; 4,607 (+7) in Dutchess; 36,205 (+25) in Westchester; 13,942 (+6) in Rockland; 2,062 (+5) in Ulster; and 11,159 (+3) in Orange. Statewide, there were 420,860 (+515) positives, including 227,832 (+248) in New York City.

■ Statewide, 25,202 (+7) people had died as of Aug. 9, including 63 (+0) residents of Putnam County and 153 (+0) from Dutchess.

Dashboards released by Dutchess showed that Beacon had eight active cases as of Aug. 9 and Putnam had 11 for the week ending Aug. 6, with one new case reported in Philipstown.

■ In Dutchess County, there were 1,244 tests conducted on Aug. 9, with 7 positives, and in Putnam, there were 246 tests, with 2 positives. The percentage of positive results in the Mid-Hudson Region was 0.6 percent. Statewide, there were 65,812 tests conducted on Aug. 9 and 515 positives, or 0.78 percent, the lowest one-day percentage since the pandemic began. Through Aug. 9, Dutchess has conducted 102,110 and had 4.5 percent positives, while Putnam had conducted 29,256 tests and had 5.0 percent positives.

■ New York, New Jersey and Connecticut announced that anyone traveling from a state that has a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average must quarantine for 14 days. As of Aug. 4, the states were Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin, as well as Puerto Rico. Delaware and Washington, D.C., were removed from the advisory.

■ The state issued a reminder that unsolicited telemarketing calls are prohibited in New York state during a state of emergency, which the governor declared on March 7. Consumers who receive an unsolicited telemarketing sales call are encouraged to report details at donotcall.gov or by calling 888-382-1222.

■ The state has established a COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 844-863-9314 for mental health counseling and resources. Health care workers can text NYFRONTLINE to 741-741 to access 24/7 emotional support services. For more information see omh.ny.gov.

■ On Aug. 5, the state Department of Financial Services ruled that insurers must ensure that patients are not charged fees for personal protective equipment used by providers in the insurer’s network. The agency said it had received complaints that in-network healthcare providers, particularly dental providers, were charging fees for PPE or other costs related to COVID-19 protocols.

■ The state extended the open enrollment period in its Health Plan Marketplace  to Aug. 15.

What If I Feel Sick?

You’re feeling ill, with a cough, fever, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath. What should you do?

“It’s important to emphasize that the risk of serious illness from COVID-19 remains low,” the Putnam Hospital Center advises patients on its website. “Most infected people will experience mild upper respiratory symptoms.

“Some people, including the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes and heart disease, are at greater risk and may require more intensive care and/or hospitalization.”

If you feel ill, the hospital says the first step is to contact your doctor. Many offer “virtual” visits by teleconference. If you visit your doctor’s office or an urgent care, call first to let them know of your symptoms. Only go to the emergency department or call 911 if you are in urgent distress, and let the dispatcher know that you may have been exposed to COVID-19.

If your doctor believes you have COVID-19, he or she can order a test, which allows you to make an appointment by phone at a drive-thru facility. At the facility, a sample will be collected and sent for testing.

For general questions about COVID-19, Putnam Hospital Center operates a hotline staffed by nurses daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 888-667-9262. A representative for the hospital said that most callers (1) ask about symptoms and what to do if exposed to someone who has COVID-19; (2) believe they have symptoms, in which case they are referred to their doctor; or (3) ask how they can donate equipment such as masks, anti-bacterial soap and, in one case, a pediatric ventilator.

The hospital has a list of commonly asked questions and responses posted at bitly.com/covidvirus-faq. The state Department of Health also has a hotline at 888-364-3065 that is open around the clock to answer general questions or for information about testing sites.

Questions? Dutchess County posts updates at dutchessny.gov/coronavirus and has a hotline at 845-486-3555. Putnam County posts info at putnamcountyny.com/health. New York State has a hotline at 888-364-3065 and a webpage at ny.gov/coronavirus. The state also created an email list to provide updates. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posts updates at cdc.gov. To find a test site, visit coronavirus.health.ny.gov.

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