Oops! De Blasio Back Pedals on Mistake of Opening Schools Too Soon
It’s amazing how quick the mayor of NYC was to get everyone back into school – despite the various warnings by the CDC. It wasn’t that long ago that the city was struggling with higher spikes than anywhere in the United States. But, in typical fashion, Bill de Blasio treats the health of New Yorkers like a competition. He wanted to be the first “big city” to reopen all of its schools.
It turns out that was a bad idea…a really bad idea.
A significant spike in cases across nine zip codes has led De Blasio backpedaling to close schools and nonessential businesses. 100 public and 200 non-public schools will be affected by this new mandate.
The mayor plans to close the businesses and schools on Wednesday…just as soon as he receives approval from the state. The boroughs affected include Brooklyn and Queens.
In the past week, the coronavirus cases jumped to a 3 percent positivity rate. Considering that De Blasio cares about good press more than anything else, he doesn’t want to risk a spread in cases. He’s trying to make sure this doesn’t turn into a second wave, and he’ll be as aggressive as he needs to be.
Will it work? There’s no saying. Medical researchers and scientists have been warning about a second wave from the very beginning – especially as the colder weather sets in. Europe is starting to experience the second wave already.
The problem is that De Blasio was too quick to reopen the schools. They’ve only been open a week, and there are already problems. It can often take two weeks to see a real spike – which means that Brooklyn and Queens may not realistically be the only ones affected.
De Blasio doesn’t want to admit that he jumped the gun. Instead, he’s patting himself on the back about how the majority of NYC has maintained a low rate of positive cases.
Students will have the ability to be in school on Monday and Tuesday to work with teachers on a return to remote learning.
Now, what will it take for the communities to reopen? It’s not just schools and nonessential businesses that will close. Indoor dining of restaurants will also be impacted – and that’s another blow to the economy. De Blasio says that the communities will need to see a positivity rate of less than 3 percent over seven days following a 14-day pause or over a 14-day period after a 28-day pause.
Essentially, the communities are going to be impacted for the next 28 days – if not more depending on if the outbreak is only the tip of the iceberg. The students simply haven’t been back to school long enough for the repercussions to catch up to the testing sites – and De Blasio isn’t even ready to face that aspect yet.
Everyone is ready to let normal resume – but it’s all about making sensible decisions based on the COVID numbers in an area. The mayor of New York wanted to show that he could get everyone back faster than any other major city – and now he’s paying the price. It’s a competition for him – and it’s why he is continuously facing the reputation as one of the worst mayors that New York City has ever seen.
A second wave, according to many, is inevitable. Since New York was the first to see the disastrous effects of the first wave, they may be the first to see the effects of a second wave, too. So, while De Blasio continues to impress himself by closing down communities throughout Brooklyn and Queens, the rest of New York City waits. They wait to see if kids in school too early will bring about the second wave. And, then, De Blasio will have realized his mistake. Being aggressive after making a grave mistake isn’t smart politics – it is simply what must be done to clean up the mess that was made in the first place. It’s a typical Democratic move, and New Yorkers deserve better.