New York Capital Brief:

Schools to Resume In-Person Learning in September

After closing schools and switching to an online education model in March, Governor Cuomo says the infection rate is now consistently low enough for schools to reopen in the fall for in-person learning.

Each district is required to develop its own reopening plan which has to be approved by the State. The plan must include details on how the district will handle coronavirus testing, contact tracing, and remote learning.

New York Lawmakers Hold Second Hearing on COVID-19’s Impact on Residential Healthcare Facilities

On Monday, August 10th, a joint panel of Senate and Assembly members from the Health, Aging, and Investigations Committees held a second hearing, focusing on the impact of COVID-19 on upstate long-term care providers. Unlike the first hearing, which focused on downstate providers, there was no representation from the Department of Health.

Representatives from long-term care providers, including employees and administrators, residents’ families, and trade associations offered their perspective on the numerous challenges and lessons learned as they contend with this unprecedented pandemic.

COVID & Travel Advisory Update

On June 25th, Governor Cuomo, along with CT Governor Lamont and NJ Governor Murphy, implemented a tri-state travel advisory which requires anyone who is returning from a “restricted state” to quarantine for 14 days. This week, Hawaii, South Dakota, and the US Virgin Islands were added to the list. Alaska, New Mexico, Ohio, and Rhode Island were removed.