Update 3/10/2020: Gov. Andrew Cuomo has deployed National Guard troops to New Rochelle, NY — just north of NYC — to help contain the spread of Coronavirus. Currently, New York is the source of the highest number of confirmed Coronavirus cases, with a total of 173 as of today. 108 of those cases are in New Rochelle, which has emerged as a new “hot spot” of COVID-19 spread.
Outdated updates below:
Coronavirus Cases In The State Of New York
Currently, there is one case of Coronavirus in the state of New York. There have been 27 individuals within New York state that have tested negative for the virus. Another person — in New York City — has test results that are still being processed in the lab, according to the New York State Department of Health.
Unlike other states, the New York health department has been transparent about how many cases they’ve investigated (28 total), whereas other states have opted to keep information about the ongoing investigations into potential COVID-19 cases under wraps, with states like Florida citing privacy reasons.
New York Coronavirus Response Plans
While Coronavirus cases swell in other parts of the world, having stemmed from China, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio is confident in the American healthcare system and Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
“We have the greatest public health capacity of anywhere in this country,” de Blasio said at a press conference according to Chalkbeat, adding that there “is not a single reason for panic.”
New York City School System Coronavirus Response
New York City officials have acknowledged that the virus will likely hit the highly-travelled area in the near future, but they aren’t ready to take drastic action yet — such as shutting down school classes. It’s worth noting that NYC has the largest school system in the United States.
“There are no plans to close schools at this time,” read a letter sent home to New York families. “This is an extreme measure that can be disruptive to day-to-day life, and the decision to implement will be at the direction of public health experts.”
Should an outbreak occur, chaos could ensue in the state government’s attempt to find the right middle ground of getting children to school and further preventing spread. Due to a large number of low-income families that rely on the school system to take care of children during the day, a disruption to that familial work/life balance could expedite the falling dominos.
New York Coronavirus Health Risk
In a recent press conference, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that it’s “highly probable” people will begin to contract Coronavirus in the near future in the state. He noted that he is working to get an “emergency appropriations” bill through the state legislature that would provide $40 million for response efforts.
According to the CDC’s risk assessment, the health risk of Coronavirus to Americans is “low.” However, officials still say that a global “pandemic” is likely.
“It’s not so much a question of if this will happen anymore, but more really a question of when it will happen — and how many people in this country will have severe illness,” CDC Vaccine Expert Dr. Nancy Messonnier said during a press conference.
The most recent statistics show that there are 83,879 confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, along with 2,872 fatalities. A majority of these numbers come from Wuhan, China and the surrounding areas.
Elected officials on the federal and state levels are still debating next steps. While the U.S. has put an initial round of travel restrictions put in place, more aggressive travel limitations may be approved soon.
BNO reports that there have been 60 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States so far, with six of these people recovering. There have been no U.S. deaths, according to BNO News.