New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declares a state of emergency and confirms 76 cases of coronavirus in the state
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency on Saturday as the number of novel coronavirus cases surge across the US. Twenty more people in New York have tested positive for coronavirus, officials said Saturday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 76. Cuomo said there are 11 confirmed cases in New York City, 57 in Westchester County, two in Rockland County, four in Nassau County, and two in Saratoga County. The total number of confirmed cases across the US is 312, and there have been 17 deaths as of Saturday. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency on Saturday as the number of novel coronavirus cases surge across the US. Twenty more people in New York have tested positive for coronavirus, Cuomo said Saturday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 76. Cuomo said there are 11 confirmed cases in New York City, 57 in Westchester County, two in Rockland County, four in Nassau County, and two in Saratoga County. In New York City, there are seven more confirmed cases in addition to the four reported on Friday. Two of those people recently got off a cruise, and five seem to be cases of community spread, Cuomo said. One of the newly confirmed individuals is currently hospitalized. The governor declares a state of emergency when they believe a disaster may be imminent or severe enough to require state aid to local officials. Declaring a state of emergency also authorizes the governor to quickly direct state agency resources to communities in need. In extraordinary circumstances, it may also enable the state to request federal assistance if the state doesn't have enough resources to address or contain the emergency. Officials have reported 312 cases of coronavirus and 17 deaths across the US as of Saturday. Florida reported the first death on the East Coast on Friday and a number of new cases along with Georgia on Saturday. Meanwhile, 21 people on board the Grand Princess, a cruise ship docked off the coast of California, have tested positive for the virus. In New York, according to The New York Times, a taxi or ride-hailing driver tested positive, resulting in more than 40 doctors and others at the hospital treating him to go into self-quarantine. Also on Saturday, Amtrak canceled its nonstop service between New York and Washington, DC, because of a lack of demand. The company said it would cancel service until May 26 and said in a statement, "We are making temporary adjustments to our schedule, such as removing train cars or canceling trains when there is a convenient alternative with a similar schedule that will have minimal impact to customers." The Trump administration, meanwhile, is facing intense scrutiny over its response to the coronavirus outbreak. President Donald Trump has largely downplayed the severity of the outbreak and placed officials with little to no background in managing public health crises or infectious diseases in charge of spearheading the White House's response. On Friday, the president drew sharp backlash when he told reporters that although scientific and medical experts had urged him to bring infected Americans off the cruise ship, he didn't want to do so because it would cause the number of reported cases to go up and it "wasn't our fault."Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: This animation shows how far your sneeze can actually travel
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New York City's annual St. Patrick's Day parade has been postponed amid concerns over the coronavirus...New York City's annual St. Patrick's Day parade has been postponed amid concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday. "While I know the parade organizers did not make this decision lightly, public health experts agree that one of the most effective ways to contain the spread of the virus is to limit large gatherings and close contacts," Cuomo said. Cuomo declared a state of emergency in New York over the weekend as the number of confirmed cases in the state skyrocketed following increased testing. On Wednesday evening, after the World Health Organization officially classified the novel coronavirus as a pandemic, President Donald Trump announced that the US will ban all travel from Europe by non-US citizens. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday that New York City's annual St. Patrick's Day parade will be postponed for the first time in over 250 years as the US grapples with a global outbreak of the novel coronavirus. "While I know the parade organizers did not make this decision lightly, public health experts agree that one of the most effective ways to contain the spread of the virus is to limit large gatherings and close contacts," Cuomo said. "And I applaud the parade's leadership for working cooperatively with us." The parade, which would have been held on March 17th, attracts about 150,000 participants and two million spectators. The celebration of Irish culture and heritage has happened every year in New York City since 1762 — this year would have been its 259th year. The announcement came after Chicago and Boston canceled their respective St. Patrick's Day celebrations. On Monday, Ireland canceled parades nationwide over concerns about the spread of coronavirus. The governor suggested during a press briefing on Wednesday afternoon that he had been advised by public health experts to cancel or postpone the parade. "Why would you risk bringing thousands of people together knowing this is a virus that is easily communicable?" Cuomo said. "St. Patrick's Day is one of the great convenings of a large number of people." He added that Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, had strongly recommended the cancellation of all large gatherings. The governor attempted to lighten up the discussion by answering a reporter's questions in an Irish accent. The governor of New York Andrew Cuomo’s attempt at an Irish accent is ... 😐 pic.twitter.com/wFt36pRLin — Darren Cleary (@RadioCleary) March 11, 2020 Cuomo declared a state of emergency in New York over the weekend as the number of confirmed cases in the state surged following increased testing. Officials announced the first case of coronavirus in New York on March 1. Since then, 212 more people have tested positive for the illness. Westchester County, located just north of New York City, became a hotbed for the outbreak after a 50-year-old lawyer from the area contracted the virus and infected dozens more, including his family members and neighbors, before knowing he had the disease. Other confirmed cases have also cropped up in New York City's boroughs, Long Island, Rockland County, Ulster County, and Saratoga County. Meanwhile, as of Wednesday evening, at least 1,240 people in 42 states and Washington, D.C., have tested positive for coronavirus, according to The New York Times, and at least 37 patients with the virus have died. The World Health Organization officially classified coronavirus, which leads to a disease called COVID-19, as a pandemic on Wednesday. More than 125,000 people have been infected across the globe and there have been more than 4,500 deaths. Financial markets have also plunged as the virus continues to spread and more and more countries implement restrictions on travel and day-to-day work. On Wednesday evening, President Donald Trump announced that the US will ban all travel from Europe except for the United Kingdom, with the exception of Americans who have been appropriately screened, for thirty days beginning on Friday at midnight. He added: "These prohibitions will not only apply to the tremendous amounts of trade and cargo, but various other things as we get approval. Anything coming from Europe to the United States is what we are discussing." However, the president and the White House scrambled to clarify his comments after the Dow tanked following his announcement. "Hoping to get the payroll tax cut approved by both Republicans and Democrats, and please remember, very important for all countries & businesses to know that trade will in no way be affected by the 30-day restriction on travel from Europe. The restriction stops people not goods," Trump tweeted, contradicting his earlier remarks.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: 62 new emoji and emoji variations were just finalized, including a bubble tea emoji and a transgender flag. Here's how everyday people submit their own emoji.
The US government has completed fewer than 6,000 coronavirus tests as more states report new cases and deaths
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has tested fewer than 6,000 potential coronavirus cases...The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has tested fewer than 6,000 potential coronavirus cases so far. The figure came from FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn on Saturday, who last week promised there would be 1 million test kits available by the end of the week. The US was unable to meet that goal, though Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday the nation will produce some 1.2 million kits by next week. The US has struggled with its coronavirus response, in part due to an issue with CDC-issued test kits that ended up requiring states to send the CDC all cases for testing. Officials expect the number of tests completed to rise substantially over the next week. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The United States government has conducted 5,861 tests for the novel coronavirus as of Friday at 6 p.m., US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn said on Saturday at an off-camera press briefing, CNN reported. The report comes amid a rise in US cases as the virus continues to spread across the country. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in his state after announcing 21 new cases on Saturday, joining a handful of other states that have declared public emergencies as a result of people testing positive for COVID-19. There have been at least 19 deaths in the US from the virus that has killed nearly 3,500 globally so far. Most fatalities have occurred in China. As CNN reported, the number does not mean 5,861 people have been tested for the virus, as those who are tested for typically have two swabs taken and tested: one nose swab and one throat swab. The number also does not account for tests at private labs. Saturday marked the first time the US government released official numbers on coronavirus tests. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which conducts coronavirus testing, has faced backlash over its handling of US cases. While other countries affected by outbreaks of the virus, which is believed to have originated in China at the end of last year, have tested millions of patients for potential coronavirus, the US has tested just thousands, according to a report from MIT Technology Review. Part of the issue, the report said, is faulty COVID-19 testing kits issued to states by the CDC in early February. The kits were found to have "faulty negative controls," meaning the results of some test kits were inaccurate, and states had to continue sending test samples to the CDC for testing. FDA policy prohibited states and private entities from developing their own test kits, meaning they only had access to the faulty FDA kits. The agency lifted that regulation on February 29, allowing states and commercial labs to create their own coronavirus testing kits. As Business Insider previously reported, Vice President Mike Pence — the Trump-appointed head of the US coronavirus task force — admitted that the country was not able to meet up with the demand for the test kits. The FDA commissioner had promised March 2 that the US would have 1 million test kits available by the end of the week, though Pence said the country failed to meet such a promise. "We don't have enough tests today to meet what we anticipate will be the demand going forward," the vice president said Thursday, telling the BBC that the new goal would be met next week and had been increased to 1.2 million testing kits. The CDC on March 4 broadened its criteria for testing, allowing more individuals exhibiting symptoms of the disease to be tested. Read more: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declares a state of emergency and confirms 76 cases of coronavirus in the state I plan to continue flying even as coronavirus spreads globally. Here's how I intend to avoid all human contact in airports using technology. People are bidding more than $200 on 'fashion masks' on StockX as coronavirus cases grow in the US The number of coronavirus cases outside China could jump tenfold every 19 days without 'strong intervention,' a study says Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: The reason some men go bald, according to a dermatologist