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All New York schools will close for at least two weeks amid coronavirus outbreak: Cuomo

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Posted at 11:46 AM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 12:58:30-04

NEW YORK — All New York schools will close for at least two weeks as the state grapples with a growing number of coronavirus cases, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.

The governor, speaking at a news conference on the outbreak, said he is still working with the state education department on what the closure will look like but details would soon be announced.

All schools in New York City, Nassau County and Suffolk County closed on Monday at the direction of Mayor Bill de Blasio and county executives Laura Curran and Steve Bellone.

Cuomo said he wants a "uniform policy" on closing schools statewide, but did not offer information on when the closures would begin.

As of Monday afternoon, there were at least 950 cases of coronavirus statewide. Of those cases, 463 are in New York City, 220 are in Westchester County, 109 are in Nassau County, 63 are in Suffolk County and 16 are in Rockland county.

Seven people have died since the outbreak began, Cuomo said.