COVID-19 rates rise across LI as some schools go remote
Schools are going remote, and COVID-19 testing centers are seeing long lines again as Long Island's positivity rate has jumped over 8%.
Rockaway Junior High School and Uniondale High School are the latest schools to go remote.
The Uniondale superintendent stated in a letter to parents Thursday that they made a proactive decision out of abundance of caution and will return in person after the holiday recess on Jan. 3.
Gov. Kathy Hochul spoke on CNN Friday about the new portal plan where people can sign up and get at-home test kits sent to them.
"We just ordered a million test kits that arrived," Hochul says. "We'd like to see them used in schools and universities in particular, we have a million coming next week and another million after that."
Some Long Islanders are reconsidering their holiday plans with the infection rate going up.
"I have a party over the weekend and I'm going to go, but I'll think about being a little bit more cautious," says East Meadow resident Charlie Wilson.
Doctors say it is safe to gather for the holidays if the group you are with is vaccinated. They say it's even better if everyone has their booster.
Infectious disease specialist Dr. David Hirschwerk also says that people should wear masks in indoor environments with sizeable groups of people.