As the coronavirus rates of infection continue to spike in New York City, Mayor Bill De Blasio warns parents that they should be ready for schools to close as early as Monday morning.
On WNYC, the mayor called into the Brian Lehrer Show to take calls from local listeners, and he said that the rate of infection was rising faster than expected.
De Blasio previously warned that if the infection rate hit 3%, schools would close. As of Friday, the city had measured the rate at 2.8%, a bump from Thursday’s 2.6%.
He said, “That is a high number. That is a number that has gone up since yesterday.”
The mayor said that schools would be required to go into full remote learning, but he emphasized that the measure would only be temporary.
“Parents should have a plan for the rest of the month of November,” he added.
De Blasio said he would be providing updates throughout the weekend so that families could be ready for Monday morning.
Once the rate hits 3% on a seven-day rolling average, schools will be closed.