Nov. 18 (UPI) — New York Metropolis Public Faculties, the nation’s largest college district, will shut down, officers introduced Wednesday, after town reached a 3% COVID-19 testing positivity charge.

The choice comes as coronavirus instances in america surged to report highs in current weeks, with the nation reporting 162,000 new instances and 1,700 deaths for Tuesday.

“As of November 19, 2020, all college buildings are closed till additional discover, and all college students are studying remotely 5 days every week,” the district introduced.

The faculties will stay closed for not less than two weeks.

The district’s coverage was to shutter colleges if the New York Metropolis’s coronavirus testing positivity charge equals or exceeds 3% utilizing a seven-day rolling common. The town has been teetering on the sting of that threshold for days.

Although colleges can be closed, all households can proceed to choose up three free meals per particular person between 9 a.m. and midday at any college constructing, the college district stated. Moreover, the district stated it should proceed its free childcare program for kids between age Three and eighth grade with precedence given to the kids of important employees.

New York Metropolis first shuttered its colleges in March at first of the coronavirus pandemic. Shortly after, town grew to become the world’s epicenter of the illness, reaching a peak of 815 confirmed and possible deaths in a single day on April 7.

The town recorded six deaths, 1,113 instances and 54 hospitalizations Sunday, the newest day on town’s COVID-19 monitoring dashboard.