Troy McGhie For City Council

Covid closures and testing info

Governor Cuomo announced this week that the North Shore of Staten Island remains a Yellow Zone, while our neighbors in the South Shore and mid-Island have now become an Orange zone, with significant restrictions on businesses and gatherings. 

While we do not have new restrictions in our neighborhoods, it is concerning to see our positivity numbers increase. 

Last week, NYC unfortunately reached a 3.0% 7-day positivity rate. While schools are currently at a remarkably low positivity level, out of caution for the safety of students, teachers and staff, the DOE has notified principals that schools will move to a full remote system for a limited time, starting tomorrow.

Even though schools are closed for in-person leaning ALL families can continue to go to any school building (9am-12pm on weekdays) to pick up three free grab-and-go meals. No identification or registration is necessary. Halal and kosher meals are available at some sites. 

Learn more: schools.nyc.gov/freemeals.

For those who have not been tested in the last month, I urge you to visit one of the many testing sites across the North Shore. The process is simple and offered at no cost. The site at the ferry terminal — where I went last week — even offers rapid testing along with standard testing. Even if you have no symptoms or knowledge of exposure, widespread testing is a crucial tool in fighting back against this virus. You can find your nearest testing site at nyc.gov/covidtest.

I hope all your families are well and taking all precautions to stay that way. Please continue to follow all health recommendations, including wearing masks, social distancing and testing to help control the spread of the virus.

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