New York City has lost 30 teachers to the coronavirus, according to the city’s Department of Education.
The teachers are among 74 Department of Education employees who have died after contracting the virus.
The other fatalities include two school aides, two guidance counselors and two food service staffers.
Schools are deploying crisis counselors remotely, the education department said.
– NY state preps to begin reopening businesses
In New York state, this upcoming Friday marks the end of the statewide closure. Now the reopening preparations shift toward different regions of the state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.
Certain low-risk businesses and recreational activities can open Friday, including landscaping, gardening, tennis courts and drive-in movie theaters.
Among the metrics regions must meet to reopen include: a 14-day decline in hospitalizations or under 15 new hospitalizations and a 14-day decline in hospitalized deaths or under five new deaths.
Three New York regions are ready to reopen: the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley.
Two more regions — the North Country and Central New York — may be ready at the end of the week, Cuomo said.
The reopening of businesses will be divided into phases.
Phase 1 includes the reopening of curbside pickup retail, construction and agriculture. Phase 2 openings include administrative support, retail, professional services and real estate.