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On Wednesday, New York governor Kathy Hochul revealed the state is already prepping for a potential fall surge in COVID cases when schools reopen by stockpiling tests and keeping mask mandates on the table.

“We need to be cognizant of what could be our future,” Hochul said.

If anything, this pandemic, COVID, has taught us that preparations are the key to survival,” Hochul added.

Hochul said if the infection surges in the fall, they are ready to distribute 20 million at-home tests as needed when students begin returning to classrooms.

Hochul also added that mask requirements could also return if infections surge.

“We don’t currently, based on today’s numbers, anticipate the need for masks in classrooms, but I’m going to reserve the right to return to this policy if the numbers change or the circumstances change,” she said.

According to reports, the state will send about three million test kits to districts before the start of the school year.

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