New York City public schools to close on Thursday as COVID-19 cases rise

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Wednesday that the city's public school district, the largest in the US, would be closed for in-person learning starting on Thursday to ward off the increasing spread of COVID-19.
"New York City has reached the 3% testing positivity 7-day average threshold. Unfortunately, this means public school buildings will be closed as of tomorrow, Thursday Nov. 19, out (of) an abundance of caution. We must fight back the second wave of COVID-19," the mayor said on Twitter.