New York and Pa. Modify COVID School Rules
New York Governor Kathy Hochul says new measures to combat the COVID-19 Delta variant will include mandatory weekly testing for unvaccinated public and charter school employees.
Hochul says her administration and state health officials are working with localities in the days ahead to put the testing protocol in place.$ 585 million in federal funds will support the testing.
The Governor also officially announced the enactment of universal mask requirements in all schools.
In addition to a requirement that healthcare workers get vaccinated in the next three weeks, Hochul says the state is exploring vaccine requirements for all staff in all state-regulated facilities and congregate settings.
Meanwhile, Governor Tom Wolf says that masks will be required in all Pennsylvania Kindergarten through 12th grade schools, starting next week.
The Department of Health order will take effect Tuesday, September 7. It will require students, teachers and staff to wear masks when inside, regardless of vaccination status.
The order will not apply to student athletes while they’re playing. Wolf and administration officials made the announcement Tuesday afternoon.
The state is taking action amid a statewide resurgence of COVID-19 that is filling hospital beds just as students return to class.
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