Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York, is holding a press conference on the COVID-19 pandemic at the National Press Club in Washington DC after meeting President Trump on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at the White House.
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Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York, announced on Saturday that the State Department of Health will investigate a graduation ceremony after a student who recently traveled to Florida tested positive for Covid-19, according to a press release.
Four people who have been in contact with the student have tested positive for the corona virus since the June 20 ceremony in Westchester County, north of New York City.
All those who tested positive are now self-isolating, and anyone associated with the graduation ceremony at Chappaqua station or related events are instructed to be quarantined by July 5.
"New Yorkers have controlled the spread of this unprecedented virus by being smart and disciplined. Our progress to date is illustrated by the small number of new cases and hospitalizations," said Cuomo in a press release. "We are ready to conduct the aggressive testing and contact tracking required to slow and ultimately control potential clusters of new cases like the one in Westchester County."
It was not clarified whether the Department of Health concluded that the Florida student was infected or how many people may have been exposed to the virus at the ceremony. A Cuomo spokesman was not immediately available for comment.
"The district has repeatedly provided clear guidelines and protocols to families that comply with all applicable health and safety regulations and guidelines," said Christine Ackerman, superintendent of the Chappaqua Central School District, in a statement. "Unfortunately, many people at the event and despite the presence of the police did not follow our protocols."
The investigation comes just days after Cuomo, along with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, ordered all travelers to Florida to come from Florida, Texas and other states that Covid Bring -19 infection rates to self-quarantine for two weeks.
People who are not voluntarily quarantined for 14 days are subject to fines and mandatory quarantine. Cuomo said the fines will be $ 2,000 for the first violation, $ 5,000 for the second, and up to $ 10,000 if they do damage.
The corona virus has shown signs of relaxation in New York as it accelerates to the south and west. Florida reported more than 9,600 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, the second day of the record-breaking new cases, according to the state health ministry.