This is from ABC7ny.com this morning:
TRENTON, New Jersey (WABC) -- New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said the state will not be doing any more reopenings "for some time" because of the emerging variants.
"My guess is we won't be opening capacity for some time now because of the caseload," Murphy said on CNN Monday morning.
Murphy had cited numbers on Friday that were "still uncomfortably too high," including a daily positivity rate that averages 7% and 2,000 coronavirus patients in hospitals, when explaining why the state has been cautious in its reopening plans.
"We have the same concern," he told CNBC Friday. "We know we've got the New York variant, the UK variant, I guess the Brazil variant. We are part of the same reality a year ago. The densest part of the nation, we are the densest state in the nation, right on top of the New York Metro reality. Invariably, what hits them will hit us and vice versa. So we are watching that all of that very closely."
Dr Scott Gottlieb's warnings on the new variants were covered Sunday by the NYPost:
New York’s homegrown COVID-19 variant may be infecting people who have already had the virus — or even been vaccinated, the former head of the Food and Drug Administration said Sunday.
Dr. Scott Gottlieb said it remains unclear if the COVID-19 variant, known as B.1.526, is driving viral surges in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.
“What we don’t understand with 1.526 is whether or not people are being reinfected with it and whether or not people who might have been vaccinated are now getting infected with it,” Gottlieb told CBS anchor Margaret Brennan on “Face the Nation.”
The basic theme is caution. Then, why did I receive an email this morning from NYC Chancellor Meisha Porter asking me to opt my child back into in-person learning?
This is part of her letter:
We are able to offer this additional chance for fully remote students to opt in to learning in buildings because the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its guidance, allowing us to safely accommodate more students in a classroom.
Caution in NJ because of variants and full speed ahead on school reopening in NYC.
Don't expect new COVID-19 data from NYC today either.
When will we hear from the UFT?
Update: Here are the latest numbers from Jennifer Jennings on NYC school age children with COVID-19. Note the first number covers four months worth of data.