Cuomo, Birx respond to safety concerns on schools reopening

Updated: August 03, 2020 03:26 PM
Created: August 03, 2020 05:01 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC) — Could teachers strike over plans to reopen schools?

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was asked if he was concerned about teachers going on strike in New York state. He said he's concerned they would strike over what they say are unsafe working conditions in the classrooms.


Nationwide, teachers have been voicing their concerns about what they say are inadequacies with reopening plans. Just last week, one of the nation's largest teachers' unions, the American Federation of Teachers, claimed it could strike if members don't feel comfortable.

The Trump administration's Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said in an interview with CNN that outbreaks of the virus need to be under control across the country before schools can reopen.

She endorsed a recommendation from the CDC that areas that have a 5% positivity rate or higher need to use distance learning. That is the cutoff rate for starting school in person again in New York.

According to Johns Hopkins University, the national average for positive tests has been 8%. Currently, New York's positive COVID-19 testing rate is just below 1%.

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