CORONAVIRUS SPIKE: New York state cases jump by 96 to 421, NYC cases increase by 59 to 154; Cuomo says daughter self-quarantined

David Caplan
March 13, 2020 - 1:45 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a new batch of coronavirus cases Friday afternoon:

- There are 96 new cases in New York state, bringing the statewide total to 421 -- it now has the most cases of any state. 

- There are 59 new cases in New York City, bringing the citywide total to 154.

Westchester currently has 158 confirmed cases of coronavirus, Nassau County has 51 and Suffolk County has 28.

Cuomo also said at the press conference that one of his daughters was in "precautionary quarantine for 14 days" after coming into contact with someone from a "hot spot."

"That’s everything to me," he said. "That’s why I get up in the morning. How can I protect my daughter."

He added, "I underwent fully the anxiety that people feel...The facts do not justify the fear.”

As for school's closing, he said that is a local issue.

"After weeks of waiting, NYS now has authority from the FDA to conduct #Coronavirus testing at 28 labs across the state. That will increase our testing capacity dramatically — from 3,000 to date to about 6,000/day starting next week," Cuomo tweeted.

Como also addressed New Yorkers that will lose their jobs due to the coronavirus and announced that effective immediately, the state will "waive the 7-day waiting period for unemployment insurance for people who have been laid off due to virus."

 

Cuomo announced on Thursday a ban of gatherings of more than 500 people, effective Friday at 5 p.m.

Broadway performances will be suspended through April 12, Cuomo announced. 

Mayor Bill de Blasio also declared a State of Emergency for NYC on Thursday afternoon.

Cuomo tweeted, "We are taking new actions to reduce the density of people across the state. Starting Friday at 5pm, gatherings with 500 people or more will not be permitted in NYS. Additionally, for facilities with an occupancy of 500 or fewer, we are reducing the legal capacity by 50%."

He added, "For Broadway theaters in Manhattan, these rules will go into effect at 5pm TODAY. We have already spoken to the theaters about these new measures and they agreed."

"Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of Broadway theatergoers and the thousands of people who work in the theater industry every day, including actors, musicians, stagehands, ushers and many other dedicated professionals," said Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League.

"Broadway has the power to inspire, enrich and entertain, and together we are committed to making that vital spirit a reality. Once our stages are lit again, we will welcome fans back with open arms so that they can continue to experience the joy, heart and goodwill that our shows so passionately express every night."

The other announcements Cuomo made include:

  • All staff in nursing homes and senior assisted facilities required to wear masks and will be monitored for symptoms
  • Nassau County: Plainview - Old Bethpage Central School District closing for two weeks
  • Healthcare system on notice that state may cancel elective surgeries to free up of hospital space

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