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State Ed Department says it will issue COVID-19 guidance for school districts based on CDC guidance

The State Education Department says it is in the process of developing guidance to help local school districts prepare for the upcoming school year under the latest circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic.

Suffolk health officials recommend universal masking, social distancing in schools this fall

All students, teachers, staff and visitors in K-12 schools should follow the Centers for Disease Control guidance, which urges universal mask wearing and social distancing due to the circulating and highly contagious delta variant, the Suffolk County health department has advised school officials. Riverhead School Superintendent Dr. Augustine Tornatore says he hopes the district will have its plan in place by the end of this week.

NY state will not mandate masks, but local governments ‘should seriously consider the CDC guidance,’ Cuomo says

Gov. Andrew Cuomo today left the door open for future state action, but he said policy-making responsibility rests with local governments and school districts in areas of substantial virus transmission to decide whether to implement the revised CDC guidance.

CDC’s new COVID-19 guidance: no masks, social distancing for fully vaccinated people

If you’ve fully vaccinated you no longer need to wear a mask or stay physically distant from others, according to new guidance issued yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — unless required by law or regulation, including local business and workplace guidance. New York is reviewing the guidance and local data, the governor said.

CDC issues guidance on attending protests and other large gatherings: wear a mask

As people around the country are participating in mass protests against racial injustice and police brutality, the federal Centers for Disease Control yesterday released a new guidance document concerning attendance at such gatherings.

CDC declares flu epidemic in U.S.; N.Y. reports 90-percent surge in flu cases in one-week period

Health officials urge unvaccinated people to get flu shots immediately, as H3N2 influenza-A viruses cause more serious illness than other flu viruses.