NEW YORK CITY — Only a fraction of positive coronavirus cases popped up in the first round of random monthly virus tests in New York City’s public schools, according to a report.
Out of 10,676 tests there were just 18 positive coronavirus cases, the New York Times reported.
The results arrived as the city contended with localized outbreaks in Brooklyn and Queens and a few short weeks after schools reopened for in-person learning.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has repeatedly stressed that schools so far appear to spots of relative safety from the coronavirus.
“The story of the schools continues to be a really good one,” he said last week.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, by contrast, has expressed concern that the city’s monthly tests — which began Oct. 9 and randomly sample at least percent of school population — haven’t yet provided enough information to ease parents’ concerns.
But early signs appear to show good news for the city’s public schools.
There have been 685 “on site” positive cases across all New York City schools, public and private, according to the state’s COVID Report Card tracking school cases. Of those, 266 came from public schools.