Coronavirus Update, April 12, 2021

On Wednesday, Schuyler County Public Health is holding a vaccine drive. They will be administering the first dose of the moderna vaccine to all adults 18 and older. Anyone who lives, works, or studies in New York state is eligible. 

The drive will take place between 4 and 6pm on Wednesday at the Watkins Glen Community Center in Montour Falls.

To register, go to the Schuyler County website.

New York State is easing up restrictions on schools. Students can now  sit closer together while still wearing masks. Schools are  expected  to be able to reduce their reliance on distance learning.  The revised guidelines allow for at least 3 feet of distance between students in elementary, middle, and high school classrooms in counties with a low or moderate risk of transmission. Counties with high infection rates are expected to maintain 6 feet of social distancing.

New York State testing for students in grades 3 through 8 will begin on April 19th. The New York State Education Department submitted two federal waivers to postpone testing due to the pandemic but both requests have been denied. But, State commissioner of Education, Dr Betty Rosa says canceling testing would be in the best interest for students.  

Students learning fully remote are not required to participate in state testing unless their parents have opted them in.

Tompkins County is reporting 5 new cases of the coronavirus, and a total of 85 active cases.

Schuyler County has 8 new cases, and a total of 23 active cases.