New York Metropolis’s public colleges have seen remarkably low virus transmission in contrast with the citywide charge of optimistic check leads to the months because the nation’s largest college system reopened for 1000’s of scholars, based on a significant new peer-reviewed examine within the medical journal Pediatrics.
Of over 200,000 individuals who had been examined in metropolis college buildings from October to December, solely .4 % of checks got here again optimistic for the coronavirus. That was throughout a interval when virus circumstances had been spiking locally.
And even when circumstances had been detected, comparatively few shut contacts within the college ended up testing optimistic for the virus throughout the identical interval: .5 % of school-based contacts who quarantined contracted the virus.
“In-person studying in New York Metropolis public colleges was not related to elevated prevalence or incidence total of Covid-19 an infection in contrast with the final group,” the examine’s authors wrote. The examine was led by Dr. Jay Varma, Mayor Invoice de Blasio’s senior well being adviser.
Nonetheless, school-based testing has been random and subsequently centered extra on figuring out asymptomatic circumstances, whereas many New Yorkers who acquired examined outdoors colleges had signs or had been uncovered to the virus.
Mr. de Blasio reopened school rooms final September, months earlier than many different giant districts, notably within the Northeast and on the West Coast. Town closed colleges in November as virus circumstances surged, and has progressively reopened all through the winter and spring. Nonetheless, the overwhelming majority of metropolis college college students, roughly 700,000 kids, have elected to be taught from dwelling for the remainder of the varsity yr.
The mayor confronted important criticism for his push to reopen colleges, and there was widespread concern amongst households and educators that it was not but secure to return to high school buildings. However the strict security measures town put in place, together with required masking, social distancing between college students and academics, and weekly random testing appear to have helped hold positivity charges in colleges extraordinarily low, the examine mentioned.
“We’ve mentioned that our public college buildings are a number of the most secure locations in New York Metropolis — and we’ve acquired the numbers to again it up,” Mr. de Blasio mentioned in an announcement on Wednesday.