Cuomo sends bill for coronavirus paid sick leave to Legislature

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday sent a bill to the Legislature that includes paid sick leave for people required to stay home from work because of a coronavirus exposure.

"If the government is ordering a quarantine, even a voluntary quarantine that places a personal hardship on a person, that person should get paid,” he says.

The news comes as inmates at Great Meadow Correctional Facility in Washington County are producing 100,000 gallons of hand sanitizer a week. The state is giving it out for free to the most impacted communities, including New Rochelle, in an effort to combat price gouging.

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"It's much cheaper for us to make it ourselves than to buy it on the open market,” he says.

A new policy is also in place that will close schools for 24 hours after a student tests positive for coronavirus.

This will allow the school to get disinfected, and for officials to determine whether or not the district needs to close for a longer period of time.

News 12 has learned that local health departments are responsible for doing random door-knock check-ins to ensure people are complying with mandatory quarantines.

A Westchester spokesperson says the county is doing just that.

Cuomo says the state will intervene if he feels local governments aren't following through.

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