Schoharie County’s COVID numbers remained “high” for the start of school Tuesday, with 58 new cases between August 31 and September 6, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
The positivity rate Tuesday was 8.73 percent with four new hospitalizations from COVID.
The vaccination rate remains virtually unchanged at 54.6 percent.
Statewide, the positivity rate was 3.99 percent.
According to the state Health Department, there were a total of 1,952 cases in Schoharie County as of Tuesday, an increase of seven from Monday.
In one of her first actions as Governor, Kathy Hochul mandated masks indoors at school.
The Public Health and Health Planning Commission have also passed an emergency regulation requiring all teachers, administrators, and other school employees to submit to weekly COVID-19 testing if they can’t show proof of vaccination, either with a CDC vaccination card or the Excelsior Pass.
Also as part of COVID-related legislation, Governor Hochul has extended virtual access to public meetings under New York State’s Open Meetings Law.
The law allows local government and school meetings normally held in person to be held remotely as long as the public has the ability to view or listen to the meeting and as long as the meeting is recorded and later transcribed.