Gov. Cuomo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Cattaraugus County logged no new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, remaining at 93 total positives.

In Allegany County, officials reported one new positive, giving the county 62 total.

In nearby Pennsylvania, McKean and Potter counties held steady at 15 cases. Elk and Cameron counties reported an increase of one COVID-19 case each over the weekend, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

That brings the total case count to 13 in Elk County and only three in Cameron County.

Meanwhile, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday said regular school reopenings in New York — both for young children and college-aged students — are at risk if the coronavirus continues to spread in other states.

New York is planning for reopening classrooms and instruction, Cuomo told Chuck Todd this morning on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

But the governor warned that growing caseloads in other states could affect how safe it is for New York to restart in-person teaching.

“It’s two months away,” Cuomo said of the beginning of the school year. “Anything can happen in two months. You look back two months, and you see how many things have changed.”

He added, “If this continues across the country, you’re right Chuck, kids are going to be home for a long time.”

His comments came as New York reported five deaths related to coronavirus in the past 24 hours. That’s the lowest number of deaths reported since March 15, Cuomo said.

On Froday, 13 people died because of the coronavirus, the state said.

The state reported just 616 new coronavirus cases in the past day. Overall, nearly 400,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19 since March in New York. Nearly 25,000 people have died, the state has reported.

Cuomo’s worry about reopening schools is compounded by a rare, but potentially deadly, development related to Covid-19 that affects children.

As of Friday, 225 children, teens and young adults in New York were diagnosed with the inflammatory syndrome, which is similar to toxic shock or Kawasaki disease, according to the state’s Department of Health. Three have died.

The governor added that school closings affect more than learning.

“But, there’s also a social consequence,” he said. “Children have missed schools. Children have missed the interaction with other children as part of the socialization process.”

Cuomo also used the national show to continue to criticize the White House, saying the administration is in denial about the dangers of the coronavirus.

“This is a virus, it doesn’t respond to politics,” Cuomo said. “You can’t tweet at it, you have to treat it.”

While New York’s cases are on the decline for now, the governor said he’s worried about new spreading from elsewhere. “Because we are one country, and people travel,” he said, “and I’m afraid the infection rate in the other states, will come back to New York and raise that rate again.”

Last week, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut imposed a 14-day quarantine for people coming back from states where the coronavirus is on the rise.

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