De Blasio says NYC prepared for a coronavirus outbreak with 1,200 hospital beds, Board of Ed says 'there are no plans to close schools at this time'

David Caplan
February 26, 2020 - 2:48 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Mayor Bill De Blasio said Wednesday that the city is prepared with enough hospital beds in case of of a coronavirus outbreak, but added there are no confirmed cases in the city. 

The city's Board of Education also tweeted, "There are no plans to close schools at this time. This is an extreme measure that will be at the direction of public health experts."

"As of this hour, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in the city of New York -- every single potential case that was tested came back negative," De Blasio said at a 2:30 p.m. press conference. "That does not reduce our vigilance one iota ... No one should take coronavirus lightly."

He said, "we have 1,200 hospital beds we can make available immediately."

He urged New Yorkers, "If someone has the symptoms and a nexus to one of the countries deeply affected, meaning they went their themselves ... they need to get the healthcare immediately."