Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants all New York state school districts to look at their reopening plans to see how they would handle a coronavirus outbreak similar to the one currently seen at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.
“Look at that, and then look at your school reopening plan and how would you make sure that you don’t wind up in that situation. What was your testing procedure? Could it have gotten that big that fast?” Cuomo said.
Cuomo wants to know if school reopening plans would be able to catch the spread before an outbreak can get as big as the one currently seen at Notre Dame.
“if you can’t answer yes then there is a problem,” Cuomo said.
During a call with reporters, Cuomo suggested that an outbreak in a K-12 school would be more problematic than an outbreak at a college.
“Frankly, on a college it’s not as bad because the student is infecting other students. K-12 if you have 130 students positive, it’s not 130, it’s 500 because a student would have gone home and dealt with people In their immediate family,” Cuomo said.
“The basic point is opening schools is risky and problematic,” Cuomo added.
Some more context: Notre Dame is seeing a spike in Covid-19 cases since students returned to campus on Aug. 3. As of Tuesday, 147 students have tested positive, according to the school’s online health dashboard. There were 80 positive cases of 418 tests administered Monday, meaning there was a 19% positivity rate.
On Tuesday, the university announced it was suspending in-person classes for two weeks.