Conversations with northeast governors on coronavirus policy that could lead to new restrictions will continue through the weekend as COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the country and in New York.
"They're going to be going on all weekend," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a conference call on Saturday. "There's numerous topics that we're dealing with. Part of it is looking at the information and where it's going."
New York's positive rate in the last day stood at 2.9%, based on the results of about 184,000 test results in the last day. There are now 1,700 people hospitalized due to the virus and 24 people have confirmed to have died of COVID-19 in New York since yesterday.
Restrictions that took effect on Friday, requiring bars, restaurants and gyms to close by 10 p.m. and reopen by 5 a.m., have so far been working.
"Last night all the reports were good," Cuomo said when asked about compliance.
In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio and education officials are considering closing schools if the positive rate reaches 3% citywide. Cuomo has not been enthusiastic about closing schools, noting the strain it would put on parents who have to go to work.
Instead, Cuomo urged city officials to consider the positive rate within schools themselves before closing. Cuomo has said the spread from the virus is coming from gathering places like restaurants and in living rooms among family members.
Cuomo has the authority to order de Blasio to keep schools open if they close.
"It was very important to me that the parents were part of the plan," Cuomo said of school re-opening.
New York has asked people to limit gatherings to no more than 10 people in homes.
"As we go forward I think the numbers are going to worse," Cuomo said. "I think the holiday season is going to be a natural accelerant."
The state has sought to tackle new COVID-19 through a "microcluster" strategy that is meant to limit business and school closures in areas where COVID-19 cases are spiking in order to prevent a statewide closure similar to the spring.