Gov. Cuomo Confirms 2nd Coronavirus Case In New York, Warns Virus Likely "Spreading In Communities": Live Updates

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Gov. Cuomo Confirms 2nd Coronavirus Case In New York, Warns Virus Likely "Spreading In Communities": Live Updates

Summary:

  • 2nd case confirmed in NYC
  • Pope tests negative for coronavirus
  • NYC high school closes over 'suspected case of coronavirus'
  • Global case total passes 91,000
  • UK case total hits 51
  • US case total tops 100 across 15 states (including evacuees)
  • South Korea case total passes 5,000; death toll hits 34
  • Iran confirmed cases pass 2,000, 70+ dead
  • Head of European football says Euro 2020 will go on
  • 9 new cases confirmed in Japan

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Update (0855ET): During this morning's press conference, Gov. Cuomo announced that New York public health officials have confirmed the second case of the coronavirus in the state, this time in a man in his 50s from Westchester County.

Per the NYT, the patient was confirmed overnight via a state lab in Albany. Cuomo added that the two cases, which have no obvious connection to cases abroad, suggest that the virus may be "spreading in communities with no known connection to hot spots for the disease."

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Tuesday morning a second confirmed case of coronavirus in New York, a man in his 50s in Westchester County, just outside of New York City, suggesting that it was spreading in communities with no known connection to hot spots for the disease.

The patient, whose test was confirmed overnight by a state lab in Albany, had no direct connection with any known center of the contagion, which was first identified in China in late December.

On Sunday, officials announced the state’s first case, a 39-year-old woman in Manhattan, a health care worker who had been visiting Iran, one of the epicenters of the virus’s rapid worldwide spread.

Governor Cuomo said the news of the second New York patient should not be a cause for alarm, reiterating that health officials had expected that the disease would be found in multiple locations around the state and would be likely to spread.

"We don’t see any direct connection," Mr. Cuomo said, noting that the patient is hospitalized.

So that's one case in Manhattan (a woman who visited Iran) and one case in Westchester (with no obvious link to anyone) plus a school in Riverdale (right on the border of Westchester) closing because some may have been exposed to the virus.

Also, more details on the school closing, per Reuters: The SAR Academy and SAR High School in Riverdale, in the Bronx ,is the school that will close to Tuesday.

"At this time it important to remain calm," according to the statement, which didn’t provide any more details.

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