State shifts metrics to avoid close-downs

State shifts metrics to avoid close-downs
New York coronavirus (Source: MGN)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - As COVID-19 cases have surged in New York, state leaders have shifted the scientific metrics they use to guide decisions about whether to reimpose the restrictions and closures that helped tame the virus in the spring.

The latest example came this week, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo reversed course on a plan to force schools to switch to remote-learning in regions where 9 percent or more of the people who seek coronavirus tests are found to have the virus.

Schools can now stay open in counties that cross that threshold if they launch testing programs and the results are lower than the overall population.

Unions representing teachers and school staff have objected to the change.

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