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NYC’s daily youth COVID-19 infection rate hits 3 percent

The city’s daily youth COVID-19 infection rate hit 3 percent on Monday, state numbers show.

According to the data, 2,499 kids between the ages of 5 and 17 were tested for the coronavirus and 87 of them came up positive — a 2.95 percent infection rate.

City Hall has previously stated that public schools would close if the overall citywide rate ever hit a seven day rolling average of 3 percent.

Monday’s 87 cases — which include public, private, parochial, and charter school students — stem from lab vetted tests that are submitted to the Department of Health.

For the two-week period leading up to Monday, the overall city youth infection rate was 1.4 percent.

While Monday’s number represents a spike, the Department of Education has stressed that internal DOE school testing has produced a minimal positivity clip of around 0.15 percent.

For October 25, the DOE reported that 1,275 kids were tested and that only 3 came up positive — a 0.23 infection rate. Only kids enrolled in blended instruction are subject to COVID-19 screening.

Hospitalization statistics specific to the citywide and DOE cases were not available.

Scrutiny of infection rates is likely to intensify in the coming days after the DOE announced that parents would only have one opportunity to switch from remote to blended learning next week.

A COVID-19 testing site located at an emergency room in New York, New York.
EPA

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza have both sought to reassure parents that schools are safe and that they have enough information to make their final decision.

“Parents now have gotten to see the school year in action,” Hizzoner said at his daily press briefing on Tuesday. “They’ve gotten to see how safe it is. It’s time to make some decisions. Look, if the situation changes very substantially, we’ll certainly consider if we need other opportunities in the future. But right now, we’ve given parents the information they need.”

Initially, the DOE said it would offer quarterly opportunities for parents to change from fully remote learning to the blended model that has kids alternate between classroom and home instruction.

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