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

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Tue, 03/03/2020


2nd case confirmed in NY
2nd NY case commuted to Manhattan, traveled to Miami
Son of Westchester corona case attended NYC school that closed
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 (0950ET): Here are some more details from Cuomo’s presser, including announcing that the city is keeping two families in the Buffalo region ‘under observation’ and that the state legislature has approved a $40 million emergency aid package on Monday night.

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.

“Yes, people are going to get infected,” the governor said, in an interview on Long Island News Radio, adding that “80 percent self-resolve,” referring to the estimated recovery rate for mild or asymptomatic cases.

Mr. Cuomo said that the new patient is hospitalized and that he works in Manhattan, and had an underlying respiratory illness. The governor, a Democrat, said the state is also monitoring two families in the Buffalo region who had recently traveled to Italy, one the centers of Europe’s outbreaks.

“The real issue is how many people will get seriously ill,” Mr. Cuomo said. “How many people, God forbid, could lose their lives.”

Acting on a proposal by Mr. Cuomo, the state legislature approved on Monday night a $40 million emergency aid package to help the state Department of Health hire additional staff and equipment to help track and fight the disease.

The NYT also reported that a high school in Westchester County had closed as a precautionary measure. The patient didn’t have any children at the school, but it said he’s a part of its feeder program. The patient is said to be a lawyer, and has been hospitalized at a hospital in Bronxville. He also reportedly recently visited Miami.

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Update (0920ET): In a statement, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio revealed that the Westchester resident who became NY’s second coronavirus case was diagnosed in a city hospital. Their test was confirmed in a city lab during its first day of coronavirus operation.

Recent media updates also claimed that the Westchester man works in Manhattan.

Additionally, Cuomo confirmed that the man recently traveled to Miami. Florida has confirmed more than 4 cases in different parts of the state. Later during the presser, Cuomo confirmed that the Riverdale school that closed was attended by the son of the Westchester patient, and that other schools might close as a precaution.

In addition to the Riverdale school where one of the patient’s children attended closing, the Westchester Day School, a private Jewish day school in Mamaroneck, has closed out of an “abundance of caution” because the still-unidentified patient is part of its feeder program.

The man was said to be a lawyer from New Rochelle, who is currently hospitalized at Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville.

We still haven’t learned the identity of the woman who tested positive after visiting Iran, it’s unclear if we’ll ever learn this patient’s name.

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