New York closes schools through at least April 14 as coronavirus spreads

Jon Campbell
Penn Yan Central School

ALBANY – New York will keep all schools closed through at least April 14 as the state continues to battle the spread of the novel coronavirus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday.

During his daily briefing, Cuomo said keeping the schools closed is the prudent decision as the number of coronavirus cases continues to increase in New York.

Previously, Cuomo had shuttered schools until April 1.

Now, that closure will be extended through at least April 14, at which time the state will reassess, he said.

“I believe the schools should remain closed," Cuomo said Friday at the Javits Center in Manhattan. "I don’t do this joyfully, but I think if you look at where we are and the number of cases increasing, it only makes sense.”

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