On Wednesday morning, NYC woke up to the news that a school in Riverdale, NY was closed because a child’s parent had tested positive for the Coronavirus. No one knew how much worse it was going to get.
Today, Governor Cuomo declared a State of Emergency because of the Coronavirus. Overnight, there were 21 new cases of the virus bringing the total to 76.
- 76 total:
- 11 cases in NYC
- 57 cases in Westchester County
- 2 in Rockland County
- 4 in Nassau County
- 2 in Saratoga County
The 57 cases in New Rochelle are all related to one man. His daughter goes to the school in Riverdale and his son is a student at Yeshiva University in upper Manhattan. Both schools are closed for the foreseeable future.
Since the Coronavirus is a serious risk for the elderly, the governor is considering not allowing any outside visitors to the nursing homes, assisted living and senior living facilities in the New Rochelle area. They do not want what is happening in Washington state to happen there. So far 14 elderly people have died at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, about 10 miles away from Seattle, Wa.
Gov. Cuomo is estimating that the Coronavirus is costing the state $30 million a week. The federal government is only giving NY $35 million total. He says he asking for more money.
These are just some of the reasons why he is declaring a State of Emergency. Gov. Cuomo is also doing it so he can hire extra workers to help out during this crisis. They need extra people to confirm that people, who are under mandatory quarantine, are not leaving their homes. Another reason for the declaration is that they need money to purchase medical supplies.
Gov. Cuomo believes that the more people that test positive, the better. This way they can be isolated, and it will help to stop the spread of the virus. Gov. Cuomo says that 80% will be fine at home, but 20% need to be hospitalized.
Gov. Cuomo is not planning on canceling any events in the state. He recommends that the elderly, the immunocompromised and people with underlining health conditions do not attend any large events. If they go out, they should bring hand sanitizer with them and use it.
If you have any questions in NY about the Coronavirus, you can call the hotline (888) 364-3065.
To give you a hint of how fluid the situation is in NY. Since Gov. Cuomo gave his briefing earlier today, News 12 is reporting there are now 89 cases of Coronavirus in NY state.
No matter where you are in the world, make sure to wash your hands and do not touch your face.