Midway through a dismal week, the virus continues to spread rapidly.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York provided new numbers on Wednesday showing 2382 people in the state have tested positive for coronavirus, an increase of more than 1,000 since Tuesday. Mayor Bill de Blasio said later that 1,871 people in New York City have tested positive, compared to 814 on Tuesday.
Mr Cuomo caused many to jump to an increase in testing. Of the 14 597 people who will be tested so far, nearly 5,000 were tested on Tuesday.
In New Jersey, officials said on Wednesday that another 162 people have tested positive for the virus, increasing the country’s total of confirmed cases to 427. The officials also said there were three more deaths related to the virus, bringing the total New Jersey for five.
Officials in Connecticut said on Wednesday that a man 80s who had been treated at Danbury Hospital died of the virus, the first known country of death associated with the virus.
In the past week, as testing has evolved and more people get sick, the number of people to test positive for the virus in New York State has increased by 42 percent a day on average.
“You are at the point of deciding: How many people will live, how many people will die?” Mr Cuomo said.
One confirmed case was an inmate at Rikers Island jail vast New York City complex, the Corrections Department said Wednesday. It happened a few hours after corrections officers union says that one of its members has a virus. There are about 5,400 prisoners in the city jail, many of them at Rikers.
Mr Cuomo stressed throughout the day that his priority remained to stop the spread of the virus, not the economic fallout of mandatory business closure and other restrictions imposed as a result of the outbreak.
“The crisis at hand is a public health crisis,” he said. “Once we get past that we will deal with the economic crisis.”
Mr Cuomo also issued orders statewide that no business has more than half of the employees to leave their homes to come to work.
“We’ll see if that reduces the spread,” he said. “If it does not slow down the spread, then we will reduce the numbers further.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio said late Wednesday that more than 1,000 retired medical personnel in New York City has answered the plea today before volunteering to assist in responding to the city.
“We need their help more than ever,”.
Inmates in the prison system of New York City with underlying medical problems, including those with pre-existing conditions, could be released in the coming days in an effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus correction facility, Mr. de Blasio said Wednesday night.
in an interview on radio station WCBS, Mr. de Blasio said that prisoners held in the “small” fee may also be released. The city has about 5,400 inmates in custody.
The drive to identify prisoners who could be released comes as city officials announced that a person in custody at Rikers Island prison complex of the infected area, raising fears that the virus could be circulating in his close range.
The mayor’s office is working with five districts of the city attorney on the plan, which may involve the release of prisoners who are over 50 and have health problems, according to city officials.
officials with the district attorney’s office to try to identify the prisoners are considered safe to be released and those who do not, according to two people briefed on the plan.
cities could inmate release is being held on a parole violation, people say, even so would require the State Council’s approval parole. Judges may also have to sign a release of some prisoners.
“Defense attorneys are free to make their applications as to any court,” a spokesman told the state court system. “The judge will rule on those individual judicial determination, on a case by case basis, as they do in other circumstances.”
In a radio interview, Mr. de Blasio said that “we have had to balance security here people with attention the very real about health in prison.”
“That’s something we’ll see every day, ‘he said.
Mr Cuomo also said on Wednesday that President Trump has agreed to send a hospital ship 1,000 beds to New York Harbor as struggle to manage the explosive striking state in the case of coronavirus. the governor’s office later clarified is not expected to arrive until April.
The vessel, which U.S.N.S. Leisure ,, including to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria in 2017.
“This has been the operating room,” said Mr. Cuomo. Drawing up the US military, Mr. Cuomo said he will meet with the Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday as he tried to quickly add a hospital bed
President -. I spoke to this morning – he would make arrangements to send a hospital ship, called Comfort US. It has about 1,000 rooms on it, have the operating room, and the president will send the Comfort to us. It will be in New York City harbor. It would be – it is a remarkable step, obviously. But it will be – it’s really a floating hospital, which will increase the capacity, and the president said that he would send it. Today we’re announcing a mandatory requirement in the entire state that no business can have more than 50 percent of their workforce to report outside their homework, no more than 50 percent of the workforce.
Although Mr. Cuomo said the president has said he will send a ship 894-foot “soon,” Jonathan Hoffman, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters at a press conference on Wednesday that the ship was undergoing repairs in Norfolk, Va., And that it will be a week before sailing to New York.
A New Rochelle lawyer New York State’s second confirmed patient coronavirus and who has been in critical condition recovers, his wife said in a Facebook post on Wednesday.
The lawyer, Lawrence Garbuz, 50, was one of the first people in New York are known to have the virus. The discovery on March 2 that he was infected notified authorities that the virus is circulating in New York through what is called the spread community.
“Lawrence awake and alert and seemed to be on the road to full recovery,” his wife, Adina Lewis Garbuz, write. “He’s still healing to do but on a very good path.”
Mr Garbuz, who, with his wife, had a small law firm in Midtown Manhattan ,. As his illness worsened, he was transferred to a hospital in New York City, intubated and put on a ventilator to help him breathe.
While he was being treated, the number of cases of the virus in the state ballooned, with and connected to a synagogue in New Rochelle that Mr. Garbuz and present family.
Ms. Garbuz said that when she woke her husband and learn how the outbreak was widened, he struggled to understand it.
“He is trying to understand the world in which nothing comes out, no social gathering, no religious services, no Purim !!” he wrote. “But he seemed to quickly add them all.”
Mr Cuomo said on Wednesday that 108 people who tested positive for the virus in New York has recovered and is no longer hospitalized. Because he was still in the hospital, Mr. Garbuz not included in the count.
State lawmakers in New York and across the United States trying to balance their official duties with worries about getting a coronavirus as the spread of epidemics and tens of millions of Americans are drastically changing their daily activities.
in Albany, NY, where two members of the state Assembly has a virus, a state senator has been voting either one by one or in small groups in an almost empty room. In Boston, public hearings have been postponed, while legislators in California and Mississippi, among other countries, are not expected to return to work until the crisis concluded.
After two members of the Assembly, Helene Weinstein and Charles Barron, both Brooklyn Democrats, tested positive for the virus, the legislative session was canceled, other lawmakers and staff members sought tests and priorities shifted MPs.
past debate on criminal justice reform and climate change have faded, followed by financial worries as the country grapples with swelling unemployment and the possibility that tax revenues will decrease.
“There must be a 21st century way to handle this,” said Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell, 59, Manhattan Democrat, who drove to Albany in a car full of sanitary wipes and rubber gloves “pressing button.”
“I’m not depressed,” he said. “But I’m very worried about this.”
On Wednesday, local health officials expressed alarm that, citing what they say is a spike in confirmed cases inlast day.
More than 100 people tested positive for the virus in urgent care centers in Borough Park, Williamsburg section.
health commissioner in the state, Howard Zucker, said his office aware of the high incidence in Borough Park and investigated as a possible cluster, or a group of mutually cases can be traced to the same source. The group this month.
“There are two possibilities,” said Dr. Zucker. “There are a lot of testing occurring or potentially one or more individuals who have been infected. So this is something new on the radar and we are investigating it. “
A spokesman for Mr. de Blasio said Wednesday night that the city’s health commissioner has reviewed the cases of Borough Park and could not find a common connection between them.
“At the moment, he is NOT believe there is a cluster,” the spokesman, Freddi Goldstein ,.
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The state Department of Corrections confirmed on Wednesday that a corrections officer at Sing Sing Correctional Facility and civilian staff members in Albany have been tested positive for the virus.
In addition, corrections officer at a checkpoint leading to the Rikers Island jail complex were tested positive for the virus New York City, said a union official said on Wednesday.
Two female officer with the Transport Administration International Airport security Kennedy left the job on Wednesday after learning that they have the virus, according to Hydrick Thomas, president of AFGE TSA Council 100, the union representing security officer transportation at the airport. The officers were brothers, he said.
One of the officers working in Terminal 4, which handles international flights; other works at Terminal 5, which is mainly used by JetBlue. The agency said that the two officers working in checked baggage room, where they do not have direct contact with tourists.
“The officer received medical treatment and quarantined at home,” the agency said.
Engel Bromwich Yunus, Alan Feuer, Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Michael Gold, Christina Goldbaum, Matthew Haag, Tim Herrera, Patrick McGeehan, Sarah Maslin Nir, Andy Newman, Jan. Ransom, Liam Stack and Zolan Kanno- Youngs contributed reporting.
Updated March 18, 2020
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