May 5, 2020
Albany, NY

Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Governor Cuomo Announces Collaboration with Gates Foundation to Develop a Blueprint to Reimagine Education in the New Normal

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NYS and Gates Foundation Will Convene Experts to Answer Key Questions About What Education Should Look Like in the Future

 

Announces New Contest Asking New Yorkers to Create and Share a Video Explaining Why People Should Wear a Mask in Public; Interested New Yorkers Can Learn More at WearAMask.NY.Gov

 

Confirms 2,239 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 321,192; New Cases in 41 Counties

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State is collaborating with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a blueprint to reimagine education in the new normal. As New York begins to develop plans to reopen K-12 schools and colleges, the state and the Gates Foundation will consider what education should look like in the future, including:

  • How can we use technology to provide more opportunities to students no matter where they are;
  • How can we provide shared education among schools and colleges using technology;
  • How can technology reduce educational inequality, including English as a new language students;
  • How can we use technology to meet educational needs of students with disabilities;
  • How can we provide educators more tools to use technology;
  • How can technology break down barriers to K-12 and Colleges and Universities to provide greater access to high quality education no matter where the student lives; and
  • Given ongoing socially distancing rules, how can we deploy classroom technology, like immersive cloud virtual classrooms learning, to recreate larger class or lecture hall environments in different locations?

 

 

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The state will bring together a group of leaders to answer these questions in collaborationwith the Gates Foundation, who will support New York State by helping bring together national and international experts, as well as provide expert advice as needed.

 

Governor Cuomo also announced a new contest asking New Yorkers to create and share a video explaining why people should wear a mask in public. The winning video will be used as a Public Service Announcement. Videos should be less than 30 seconds long, should show a mask properly worn over the mouth and nose and must be submitted by May 30th. Interested New Yorkers can learn more at WearAMask.ny.gov.

 

 

The last few months have been an incredibly stressful time full of change, but we have to learn and grow from this situation and make sure we build our systems back better than they were before

Governor Cuomo

"The last few months have been an incredibly stressful time full of change, but we have to learn and grow from this situation and make sure we build our systems back better than they were before," Governor Cuomo said. "One of the areas we can really learn from is education because the old model of our education system where everyone sits in a classroom is not going to work in the new normal. When we do reopen our schools let's reimagine them for the future, and to do that we are collaborating with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and exploring smart, innovative education alternatives using all the new technology we have at our disposal."

 

 

Governor Cuomo Holds Briefing on COVID-19 Response - 5/5

Finally, the Governor confirmed 2,239 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 321,192 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 321,192 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

 

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

1,294

7

Allegany

35

0

Broome

338

4

Cattaraugus

53

0

Cayuga

51

0

Chautauqua

37

0

Chemung

126

0

Chenango

100

0

Clinton

69

1

Columbia

229

16

Cortland

28

0

Delaware

62

0

Dutchess

3,151

20

Erie

3,891

89

Essex

30

1

Franklin

16

0

Fulton

97

13

Genesee

159

0

Greene

166

12

Hamilton

3

0

Herkimer

67

4

Jefferson

63

0

Lewis

9

0

Livingston

86

1

Madison

223

6

Monroe

1,623

28

Montgomery

61

5

Nassau

37,152

187

Niagara

508

15

NYC

176,874

1,223

Oneida

574

24

Onondaga

1002

31

Ontario

97

1

Orange

9,144

129

Orleans

99

2

Oswego

68

1

Otsego

67

0

Putnam

1,031

5

Rensselaer

339

2

Rockland

12,144

49

Saratoga

368

1

Schenectady

537

2

Schoharie

45

0

Schuyler

7

0

Seneca

46

1

St. Lawrence

178

0

Steuben

221

2

Suffolk

35,275

198

Sullivan

984

8

Tioga

92

2

Tompkins

129

0

Ulster

1,357

3

Warren

192

0

Washington

188

0

Wayne

78

2

Westchester

30,240

143

Wyoming

70

1

Yates

19

0

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