Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a decision on the fall high school sports season will be made “within the week,” Wednesday, Aug. 19, during a conference call.

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association pushed back the start of fall sports to Sept. 21, and teams are still forbidden from conducting any team activities. Regional and state championships were also canceled.

Cuomo also discussed the potential second wave of cases that could be intensified by flu season.

“Opening schools is risking and problematic,” Cuomo said. “Happens in September, which is when flu season starts, which will make it harder to diagnose asymptomatic people, really stress our testing capacity. That all happens in a matter of weeks.”

NYSPHSAA executive director Dr. Robert Zayas responded on his personal Twitter account saying he is “[l]ooking forward to continuing our discussions to ensure student athlete safety is paramount.”

On Aug. 7, Cuomo allowed all school districts to reopen in-person learning in Sept., however the Oneonta City School District will conduct remote instruction until at least Oct. 9.

 

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