New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he is waiting to see data from New York City schools before determining whether to keep them open.
“We will know tomorrow by the data,” Cuomo said. “The schools must report to the state the data – they’re doing testing. The numbers will tell you the facts, and once you have the facts, you can operate logically. If the schools aren’t safe, I am not going to allow them to operate.”
Even though New York’s statewide coronavirus infection rate is still around 1%, there are 20 zip codes with an average positive test rate of 5%, about five times the state average.
There were an additional 1,189 positive tests recorded in the last 24 hours out of a total of 88,231 tests, Cuomo said.
Two more people died from COVID-19 in that same timeframe.
Cuomo said the clusters in Rockland and Orange counties, as well as Brooklyn, are the probably the largest clusters in the state since the start of the pandemic.
The governor has deployed additional testing resources to these areas and called on local governments to target the clusters.
Cuomo also released the names of the seven doctors who will perform an extra review of any coronavirus vaccines that are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration — Cuomo said President Donald Trump threatened to withhold the vaccine from New Yorkers because the state plans to conduct its own review of the vaccine.
ABC News’ J. Gabriel Ware contributed to this report.