New York City mayor Eric Adams said COVID-19 cases in the Big Apple is declining and that he prefers for children to continue attending school instead of doing a remote class at home.
On Tuesday, Adams also told reporters that 16 million doses of the COVID vaccine have been administered in New York City.
Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi supported the COVID cases decline claim of Adams but insisted that these numbers are still high, meaning community transmission remains widespread.
“Our seven-day average of daily new cases is under 20,000. That’s less than half the peak of nearly 43,000 average new cases a day earlier in January. Similarly, we are starting to see a decrease in COVID-19 hospitalizations, from a total of about 6,500 patients hospitalized citywide on Jan. 11 to about 5,800 as of Sunday,” Chokshi said.
Meanwhile, Schools Chancellor David Banks said while they support the opinion of Adams Education Department is still in the process of “exploring” remote options given high rates of absenteeism, much of it due to COVID.
“We have not announced a remote-learning option. … We are exploring the possibilities of the expansion of a remote-learning option,” Banks said.
“To turn around and do a remote-learning option is not an easy thing to do. … It requires the reprogramming of school schedules [and] teachers who would be dedicated to teaching just the students who would be learning remotely. It is a big undertaking, even to be doing it for a short period of time,” Banks added.
Banks added that before Adams became mayor, there was a policy already in place allowing students who tested positive for the coronavirus to take some of their lessons from home.
“Right before the New Year, the attendance was 63%,” he said of in-person learning.
“Right after the New Year, this administration began, it bumped up to 65%, and it has been steadily increasing each day … but families have been concerned,” he added.