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Don't Let It Come To This: Cuomo On Bag Valve Masks As Last Resort

BY Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 7:44 PM ET Mar. 28, 2020

In a press conference Saturday, Governor Cuomo made a plea for more ventilators as he demonstrated using bag valve masks in a worst case scenario.

"We are actually buying these," he said of the bag valve masks. The state has purchased about 3,000 at this time and will train the National Guard to use them. The governor said he does not want to have to use them.

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Knicks Owner, MSG Chairman James Dolan Has Coronavirus

BY Associated Press

James Dolan, the executive chairman of Madison Square Garden Company and owner of the New York Knicks, has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Knicks announced Dolan’s diagnosis Saturday night. It is not clear when he was tested or when he received the diagnosis.

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Trump: No Quarantine, but Travel Advisory for NY, CT and NJ

BY Associated Press

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump backed away from calling for a quarantine for coronavirus hotspots in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, instead directing Saturday night that a “strong Travel Advisory” be issued to stem the spread of the outbreak.

Vice President Mike Pence tweeted that the CDC was urging residents of the three states “to refrain from non-essential travel for the next 14 days.”

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MTA Chairman and CEO Patrick Foye Tests Positive for Coronavirus

BY Spectrum News Staff

MTA Chairman Patrick Foye has tested positive for coronavirus, the agency said Saturday.

In a statement, MTA Chief Communications Officer Abbey Collins says Foye is currently isolating at home and is "feeling good and maintaining his full schedule."

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First NYPD Officer Dies From Coronavirus

BY Dean Meminger

Saturday afternoon Police Commissioner Dermot Shea was somber as he announced that three NYPD employees had died in a little more than 48 hours from coronavirus.

Shea said the 23-year-veteran; Detective Cedric Dixon was the latest at that point to die from COVID-19. Dixon was a member of the 32nd precinct’s detectives squad in Harlem. He is the first officer to succumb to the deadly virus.

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Neighbors Helping Neighbors Through the Coronavirus Crisis

BY Clodagh McGowan

In Brooklyn, it began with a flier: “To Elderly Neighbors and those with compromised health, if you need help, your neighbors are here to help.”

And from that message, the Brooklyn Mutual Aid Network was born. It teams up healthy volunteers, with people who should not or cannot leave their homes.

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Instacart Workers To Strike Monday, Demand Better Protections Amid Coronavirus

BY Shannan Ferry

Instacart markets itself as a way to save customers a trip to the market. Customers can order groceries online from chains like Fairway, Western Beef, and Gristedes and have them delivered to their doorstep or have groceries prepared for pickup.

Advocates are calling for workers to walk off the job nationwide Monday over what they call unsafe conditions amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Keeping Things Sweet In The Face Of Coronavirus

BY Debora Fougere

Whatever it takes to satisfy your sweet tooth, you are guaranteed to find it at Economy Candy. From retro favorites to seasonal standards, you’ll find them all crammed into this 83-year-old New York City shop. And that’s kept customers coming back for decades.

Skye Greenfield Cohen and her husband, Mitchell are the current owners of this treasure trove of sugary treats and she says, Economy Candy is not just for kids.

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NYC May Soon Fine People for Not Complying With Social Distancing

BY Spectrum News Staff and Bobby Cuza
UPDATED 11:01 PM ET Mar. 27, 2020

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday warned New Yorkers and religious institutions that they could soon be hit with fines as high as $500 if they ignore social distancing guidelines — and he identified Sunday, April 5, as the date the city could begin running out of critical medical resources.

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Cuomo: More Emergency Hospital Sites Needed as Death Toll Passes 500

BY Zack Fink and Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 11:55 PM ET Mar. 27, 2020

NEW YORK - Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday said expanding hospital capacity remains his top priority as the number of positive coronavirus cases and deaths continue to rise across New York.

Citywide, there are 26,697 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 450 deaths, the city announced around 7 p.m. Friday.

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Coronavirus: The Fight to Breathe

BY Erin Billups

Photo credit: John Minchillo/AP

Every day, the number of positive confirmed coronavirus cases rise, and the urgent call for ventilators increases.

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Trump Signs $2.2T Stimulus After Swift Congressional Votes

BY Associated Press
UPDATED 5:00 PM ET Mar. 27, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package into law Friday, after swift and near-unanimous action by Congress this week to support businesses, rush resources to overburdened health care providers and help struggling families during the deepening coronavirus epidemic.

Acting with unity and resolve unseen since the 9/11 attacks, Washington moved urgently to stem an economic free fall caused by widespread restrictions meant to slow the spread of the virus that have shuttered schools, closed businesses and brought American life in many places to a virtual standstill.

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'Mask Crusaders' Help Artists Get Supplies to Coronavirus Workers

BY Stephanie Simon

Like many artists, Tom Beale wears protective gear while working on his sculptures and realized he was in a position to help.

"Hearing about this shortage of protective equipment that they were experiencing in so many places, including N95 masks, kept being mentioned, and I'm very familiar with these. I use them in my studio and I knew I had some," Tom told us via an online conversation.

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Trump Building Residents Better Pay Up, Coronavirus or Not

BY Courtney Gross

If you are looking for a reprieve from the Trump real estate empire during the coronavirus pandemic, don't expect it.

NY1 obtained this letter, which was sent to a resident of a Trump-managed building on the East Side of Manhattan last week. The building, Trump World Tower, is full of luxury apartments — one two-bedroom listed now goes for almost $5 million.

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Elmhurst Hospital Has Been Besieged by Coronavirus, and Rep. Grace Meng Is Demanding Help

BY Spectrum News NY1

Queens Congresswoman Grace Meng joined Errol Louis by phone to discuss her calls for help for Elmhurst Hospital, which has seen a surge in coronavirus patients.That includes her letter with Rep. Ocasio-Cortez to President Trump asking him to transfer Personal Protective Equipment and ventilators from the national stockpile directly to the Queens hospital.

They also discuss the federal stimulus package and whether there will be a Democratic convention this summer.

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Teacher On Life Support Deserves Better, Says Family Member

BY Michael Herzenberg

“I'm fighting to try and save Rona Zoe's life,” said Mia Mungin.

Mia Mungin's sister Rona Zoe Mungin is a teacher at a Charter School in Brooklyn, but now she’s in Brookdale Hospital diagnosed with Coronavirus. The 30-year-old also has asthma. She’s on life support.

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Some Manhattan Retailers Are Boarding Up Their Shops Amid Coronavirus

BY Debora Fougere

There is a disturbing sight popping up around New York City, adding an Armageddon-like feel to the near-empty streets and shut-up shops. Rather than just locking up and closing the gates, more and more stores owners are opting to board up their doors and windows, making it look like they’re protecting their properties from an oncoming storm.

High-end retailers Louis Vuitton, Prada and Dolce & Gabbana, Sephora in Times Square and Meatpacking, and a series of closed bars and restaurants on the Upper East Side have been spotted using nailed-up plywood barricades to guard their goods on the coronavirus-emptied streets.

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De Blasio Pushes to Triple City Hospital Bed Capacity Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

BY Bobby Cuza

Mayor Bill de Blasio sought to reassure health care workers Thursday at a time when equipment shortages and overloaded hospitals are threatening to reach crisis levels.

“You deserve, and you must have, and you will have, the supplies you need. One way or another, we’re going to get them to you every day,” the mayor said during his daily coronavirus briefing late Thursday. “If it is available anywhere in the United States of America and we can get our hands on it, those supplies will get to you immediately.”

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Anti-Asian Hate Crimes In The Age of Coronavirus

BY Dean Meminger

The videos have been posted on social media, people from the Asian community attacked, harassed, and blamed for the Coronavirus.

New York Attorney General Letitia James says, enough already.

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Urgent Need for Physicians Prompts Some NYU Med Students to Graduate Early

BY Shannan Ferry

"I am a New Yorker and this is my community and when my community is hurting I step up," said Gaby Mayer, a NYU Medical Student.

Gaby Mayer is stepping up into the fight against Coronavirus. She's one of dozens of NYU medical students who have volunteered to graduate early and begin working in the epicenter of the pandemic.

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NYC Mom Stuck in Madrid Warns NYers: Stay Inside

BY Lydia Hu

MADRID - Liliya Kotovych splits her time between the Murray Hill neighborhood of Manhattan and Madrid. She’s been there for more than three weeks, away from her adult son who remains in New York. She doesn’t know when she will be able to return.

Travel is restricted and Spain is on lockdown until April 12 to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

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Bike Riding Trends Shift During Coronavirus Pandemic

BY Jeanine Ramirez

Rick Chou stopped by Mr. C's Cycles in Sunset Park, Brooklyn the other day to get his bike ready to hit the streets.

"I just don't want to move my car because of alternate side of the street parking and stuff. I know it's been suspended but it's tough to find a spot. No one is moving,” he said.

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Coronavirus in New York: Are We Ready for What Comes Next?

BY Spectrum News NY1



The number of coronavirus cases in New York continues to grow exponentially and there are increasing concerns that our health care system won't be able to handle the surge of patients. NY1's Zack Fink, Courtney Gross, and Juan Manuel Benitez discuss the efforts to increase capacity and get more resources to slow down any further crisis.

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Cuomo: Coronavirus Deaths Rising as Ventilator Times Extend

BY Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 8:22 PM ET Mar. 26, 2020

ALBANY, N.Y. - Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the number of deaths related to the coronavirus is increasing as more and more patients are placed on ventilators for extended periods of time.

So far, at least 385 deaths have been reported in the state.

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USNS Comfort to Reach New York City on Monday, Trump Says

BY Debora Fougere and Spectrum News Staff

A floating hospital will arrive in New York City on Monday to help the stressed hospital system amid the new coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump announced Thursday evening.

Trump said the U.S. Navy hospital ship, the USNS Comfort, will depart for New York City on Saturday and arrive at Pier 90 on Monday.

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How the Coronavirus Forced a Boy Scout Troop to Go Virtual

BY Michael Scotto

Manhattan Boy Scout Troop 422 usually meets inside a Catholic church on Second Avenue, just south of 22nd Street. But for the last few weeks, it's been meeting virtually, on Discord, a platform popular with the gaming community.

"It's not so much of a challenge to me," said Boy Scout Declan D'Aleo, who helped set up the platform for his troop. "I thought it was so much fun to make and to figure out all the kinks because I feel like we're going to be using this for the indefinite, upcoming future due to the numbers we've seen with coronavirus."

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Bronx Family Fears for Health of Man Detained by ICE Amid Coronavirus

BY Ron Lee

In the Bronx, one family that’s already been ripped apart due to strict immigration enforcement is now gravely concerned for the health and safety of a loved one, who’s now at a detention center in New Jersey.

While Marisol Acevedo of West Concourse endures self-isolation at her home in the Bronx, her heart and her thoughts are with her partner of 32 years, Rafael Almonte.

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App Connects People in Need of Emergency Food Assistance with Nearby Pantries and Soup Kitchens

BY Debora Fougere

On the average day, 1.4 million New Yorkers rely on emergency food programs like food pantries or soup kitchens for basic sustenance. 339,000 of them are children. That's one in five of the city's kids.

Sheena Wright deals with those numbers every day. She is the president and CEO of United Way New York City, a nonprofit that supports more than 380 emergency food programs.

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Elmhurst Hospital Reports 13 Coronavirus Deaths in 24 Hours

BY Spectrum News Staff and Lindsay Tuchman
UPDATED 6:32 PM ET Mar. 26, 2020

QUEENS, N.Y. - One neighborhood in Queens has seen a major spike in coronavirus-related deaths.

Elmhurst Hospital put out a statement around 7 p.m. Wednesday saying 13 people died at the hospital in the previous 24 hours.

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NYPD Sees Spike in Officers Calling Out Sick

BY Dean Meminger

NEW YORK - The NYPD is dealing with a serious spike in officers calling out sick because they have the coronavirus, symptoms of the virus or have been around people with the deadly disease.

“We are currently at 3,000 somewhere in that range which is two-thirds higher than what the norm roughly a thousand officers at any given time," said NYPD First Deputy Commissioner Ben Tucker. "That runs about three percent of the total, right now we are running about eight percent of the total."

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3.3 Million Seek US Jobless Aid, Nearly 5 Times Earlier High

BY Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week — almost five times the previous record set in 1982 — amid a widespread economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus.

The surge in weekly applications was a stunning reflection of the damage the viral outbreak is inflicting on the economy. Filings for unemployment aid generally reflect the pace of layoffs.

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Coping with Anxiety and Stress in the Age of Coronavirus

BY Erin Billups
UPDATED 9:05 PM ET Mar. 26, 2020

There is so much uncertainty right now because the COVID-19 pandemic is completely unprecedented here in the U.S. Local and state health officials are working to strike a balance between what is known, unknown and calming fears. But the constant stream of information and rising case counts of the new coronavirus are fueling our collective anxieties.

Spectrum News National Health Reporter Erin Billups sat down with Columbia University Clinical Psychologist Anne Marie Albano, PhD, who is also the co-clinical director of the University’s Youth Anxiety Clinic. Dr. Albano shares some thoughts and expert advice on how to cope in the midst of an unprecedented global health crisis.

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Together/Alone: In Virus-Stricken Milan, a Prayer and a New Outlook

BY Josh Robin
UPDATED 10:12 AM ET Mar. 26, 2020

NOTE: This story is part of “Together/Alone,” a column from Spectrum News Chief National Political Reporter Josh Robin that explores life during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The other day in Milan, just as Italy surpassed China in the Coronavirus death count, a priest posted a prayer on the door of a small church. It was addressed to Sebastian, the sainted protector against the plague.

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MTA Ridership and Revenue Continues on Downward Pandemic Track

BY Dan Rivoli

NEW YORK - The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is suffering from the coronavirus pandemic with no light at the end of the tunnel.

“We need $4 billion, but we’re only at the starting point of this crisis," said MTA Chairman and CEO Pat Foye. "We will need substantially more than that to survive.”

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What a Virtual Wedding Looked Like For This Orthodox Jewish Couple

BY Jeanine Ramirez

Wedding wishes are shouted from windows in Crown Heights as the newlyweds celebrate with a drive through the streets instead of holding a crowded reception.

Similar scenes are playing out throughout Brooklyn's Orthodox Jewish community as couples find creative ways to say I do with a limited guest list.

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City Paramedics Say Need for COVID-19 Protective Gear is Critical

BY Lydia Hu

NEW YORK - FDNY paramedic Christell Cadet was hospitalized after she collapsed last week. Now, she’s in the ICU, on a ventilator, battling the coronavirus.

"She had to be at work and the next day she didn't make it, she had to be at the hospital," said Jesse Cadet, Christell's mother.

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Why Governor Cuomo's Coronavirus Updates Are Getting a Lot of Attention

BY Zack Fink

NEW YORK - Governor Andrew Cuomo's daily updates are chock full of pertinent information, but they are also part therapy session for a frightened public.

Comedian Samantha Bee put together a compilation of the governor’s more relateable moments as a son, father, and brother during a time of quarantine and social distancing.

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Coronavirus Forces Doctors To Embrace Tech, Potentially Changing Healthcare Forever

BY Michael Herzenberg

NEW YORK - Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum says she has been swamped with work since the coronavirus hit the U.S., but you wouldn’t know it looking at her office on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. The cardiologist's waiting room is empty, the exam rooms are unused and the office is nearly silent. It’s just Steinbaum and her physician assistant because the coronavirus is so contagious.

"My office being empty is purely to protect people, but I am super busy doing telemedicine and communicating with patients on line through a patient portal," Steinbaum said.

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Cuomo: Coronavirus Density Control Measures May be Working

BY Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 9:13 PM ET Mar. 25, 2020

ALBANY, N.Y. - Governor Andrew Cuomo says the PAUSE density reduction plan put into place across the city and state may be working but warns the apex of coronavirus cases has yet to hit.

Citywide, as of 6 p.m. Wednesday, there were 20,011 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 280 deaths.

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How New Yorkers Can Get Relief from the Coronavirus Stimulus Package

BY Debora Fougere
UPDATED 6:32 PM ET Mar. 26, 2020

It’s passed in the Senate, and it looks like the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act is set to pass the House. But for all the talk about bailouts for big businesses, the questions most New Yorkers have are most likely, how much money will I get, and how do I get it?

You may be due money on two fronts. Here’s what we know right now:

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Cleaning Companies Deal With New Challenges Amid Coronavirus

BY Ron Lee

To reduce the risk of contracting coronavirus, many of us have become obsessed with washing our hands and disinfecting high-touch surfaces. And while the pursuit of these ultra-sanitary conditions is leading to steady work for several professional cleaning companies, it can place workers in a potentially dangerous situation.

Professional cleaners with All Bright Services wore masks and gloves Wednesday as they scrubbed Murray’s Cheese on Bleecker Street in the West Village to make sure there was no trace of the coronavirus.

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City's Homeless Shelter System Reports First Coronavirus Death

BY Spectrum News Staff

New York City's homeless shelter system has its first fatality from coronavirus.

A spokesperson for the Department of Homeless Services tells NY1 the person was a resident at a single-adult shelter and was one of the first cases hospitalized from the homeless shelter system.

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What Companies Are Hiring During the Coronavirus Crisis?

BY Leisha Majtan
UPDATED 1:47 PM ET Mar. 26, 2020

An estimated 3 million workers across the country are expected to have filed unemployment claims last week as the coronavirus crisis caused many businesses to shut or alter their service.

The New York State Department of Labor says it received more than 1.7 million calls and more than 2.25 million web hits between March 16 and March 21. The department says it received approximately 75,000 calls on Tuesday; it normally receives about 10,000. It says the department's website was averaging more than 250,000 logins per day on Wednesday; that's a 400 percent increase over the normal average.

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Scholastic KID Reporter on Virtual Learning and Covering the Coronavirus

BY Kristen Shaughnessy

Many New Yorkers are having a difficult time adapting to this new normal, but the city's students are having perhaps the most unique and trying experience during the global pandemic. Today marks the third day of remote learning for the city's public school students. Scholastic Kids Press Reporter, and fifth grader, Siroos Pasdar gave Kristen Shaughnessy a first-hand account of those difficulties.

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Ian Schrager on the Impact Coronavirus Has Had on the Hospitality Industry

BY Spectrum News Staff

The hotel and hospitality industry along with airlines have taken the brunt of the beating from the coronavirus pandemic. City hotels are no exception.

The latest data from STR reported occupancy in the city dropped almost 50% by mid-March. New numbers reflect even steeper drops, including at chains like Hilton and Marriott, leaving thousands of service workers jobless.

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Rent Freeze Proposed for NYC Tenants Struggling During Pandemic

BY Angi Gonzalez
UPDATED 1:55 AM ET Mar. 26, 2020

NEW YORK - For many New Yorkers their next rent payment is just a few days away, due April 1.

That’s the case for 33-year-old Yarisme Guilamo but this month she’s worried sick. Last week she lost her job amid the coronavirus crisis.

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2,000 More Ventilators Coming to NYC, de Blasio Says

BY Bobby Cuza
UPDATED 8:26 PM ET Mar. 24, 2020

New York City will soon get another desperately needed influx of ventilators for coronavirus patients, with the federal government delivering 4,000 to New York state in the next 48 hours — half of them earmarked for the city — Mayor Bill de Blasio announced at his daily briefing Tuesday afternoon.

Still, it’s only the beginning of the city’s need, which the mayor has estimated at 15,000.

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City and Private Hospitals Split on Allowing Support Partners in Delivery Rooms

BY Lydia Hu
UPDATED 7:26 AM ET Mar. 25, 2020

NEW YORK - After two hospital systems announced women giving birth must labor alone to combat the spread of the coronavirus, Mayor Bill de Blasio explained Tuesday city hospitals will not take a similar course.

“To me, there is just nothing more important in your life than when a child is born,” de Blasio said during a press conference.

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Cuomo: Rate of Coronavirus Infection in New York is Spiking

BY Zack Fink and Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 8:27 PM ET Mar. 24, 2020

NEW YORK - Striking a much more alarmist tone than in previous days, Governor Cuomo says the coronavirus is spreading, fast. And he warned the nation that what New York is seeing could soon be a reality across the country.

As of Tuesday, at least 210 deaths in the state have been linked to the coronavirus.

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Staten Island Father 3D Prints Masks to Fight Coronavirus

BY Bree Driscoll

Five-year-old Brycen Perina was rushed to the E.R. Wednesday when he was having trouble breathing.

"That is when they checked his oxygen levels and they weren't high enough, they were too low,” said Brycen’s father Michael.

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A Cost of Makeshift Hospitals? CUNY Students Displaced from Their Dorms

BY Amanda Farinacci

The once-bustling residence hall at the College of Staten Island (CSI) is quiet now after the remaining students were told to vacate because a temporarily hospital might be placed on campus because of the coronavirus crisis and the dorm would be used to house the hospital's staff.

"There's international students that have to make plans overnight and leave, like, it's pretty crazy,” said Jasmine Shaikh, who is relocating. “They have to leave immediately.”

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Park Slope Shoppers Face Wait Times Up to Two Hours to Maintain Social Distancing

BY Shannan Ferry

The line stretched back to 7th Avenue as shoppers waited six feet apart to get into the Park Slope Food Co-Op:

Long line at the @foodcoop earlier tonight. In the morning, they reported wait times of up to two hours. The membership based grocery store implemented shopping rules to maintain social distancing so 35 ppl inside at a time @NY1. pic.twitter.com/nfJaEV39eW

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The Coronavirus Batters the Newsstand Industry

BY Michael Scotto

In searing heat, bitter cold and the dead of night, you can usually find an open newsstand in the city.

But in recent days, many newsstand operators have closed up shop, padlocking their sidewalk convenience stores until better days come around.

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Reporting the News in the Age of Coronavirus

BY Pat Kiernan

Our every day lives have been turned upside down by the Coronavirus. Entire industries have been disrupted in just days and many — especially medical professionals — find themselves on the frontlines of an increasingly dangerous situation. With more people at home and nearly the entire world affected, there is a hunger for information. Pat Kiernan talks with his colleagues about what it's like to practice social distancing while continuing to gather and report the news from the center of the outbreak.

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NYC Needs a Lockdown for a Week or Two, Public Advocate Says

BY Spectrum News NY1

As Mayor de Blasio decides whether the city will close public parks and playgrounds, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams joined Errol Louis by Skype to talk about his calls for the city to take stronger measures to battle the coronavirus, such as a lockdown.

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What Can NYC Learn from Italy’s Coronavirus Crisis? Consulate General of Italy Weighs In.

BY Roma Torre

Last week, the number of people who died from the new coronavirus in Italy surpassed the COVID-19 fatalities in China, a country with a population more than 20 times greater. And the very sobering news is that scientists say the United States is on a trajectory that is more similar to Italy than the Asian countries.

The Consulate General of Italy, Francesco Genuardi, who is based in New York, talks to Roma Torre about what lessons New York City and the United States can learn from Italy’s coronavirus crisis.

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What’s the Future of New York City’s Hospitals?

BY Spectrum News NY1

As the number of the coronavirus cases rises across New York City, elected officials have been working to add more hospital beds and build temporary hospitals to help our overwhelmed health care system. Dr. Theresa Madaline, a health care epidemiologist and an infectious disease specialist with Montefiore Health System, joined Errol Louis by Skype to talk about how the city’s hospitals are holding up.

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MTA to Cut Day-to-Day Service As Ridership Plummets

BY Dan Rivoli
UPDATED 6:29 PM ET Mar. 24, 2020

With ridership plummeting, as much of daily life has shut down in the city, the MTA said it is launching an "Essential Service Plan," a major cut in day-to-day service.

MTA Chairman Pat Foye said the new service plan is possible because service has dropped so low.

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Trump Officials Advise People Leaving New York to Self-Quarantine for 14 Days

BY Debora Fougere
UPDATED 7:03 PM ET Mar. 24, 2020

SECOND CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE BREIFING

President Donald Trump held his second press briefing on March 24, where White House officials urged anyone leaving New York City to self-quarantine for 14 days as Trump called the region a “hot spot." Here's a brief recap of what he else said:

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Coronavirus and the Age Factor

BY Erin Billups

From the crush of college spring breakers flooding Florida’s beaches last week, to the numerous pick up basketball games spotted in New York City parks, it’s clear many young adults feel immune to the global pandemic sickening hundreds of thousands. But they are not.

The anecdotal stories coming out of emergency rooms inundated with coronavirus patients, and the raw data being compiled by government agencies, paint a clear picture - that people of all ages are at risk.

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Number of MTA Workers Affected by the Coronavirus is Growing

BY Dan Rivoli

NEW YORK - The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says it wants to maintain its subway and bus schedule. But the outbreak of coronavirus is making that goal hard to achieve.

“We’re having a big rash of people calling in sick," said Michael Carrube, president, Subway Surface Supervisors Association. "It’s just nuts.”

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City's Liquor Stores Booming During Coronavirus Outbreak

BY Angi Gonzalez

NEW YORK - At Astor Wines and Spirits in the East Village, customers are not pushing the carts - the staff is.

Deemed an “essential business” by Governor Andrew Cuomo, liquor stores are allowed to stay open amid the coronavirus outbreak. Still, management recently made the decision to close to foot traffic - an effort made in the hopes of keeping staff from getting sick.

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400 Ventilators Coming to NYC as Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Pass 13,000

BY Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 9:38 PM ET Mar. 23, 2020

400 ventilators are coming to New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday evening, as the number of confirmed cases in the city passes 13,000.

CORONAVIRUS CASE COUNT Citywide, as of 6 p.m. Monday, there were 13,119 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 125 deaths.

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Remote Learning Poses Challenges For Performing Arts High Schools

BY Frank DiLella

NEW YORK - Ashley DiLorenzo is a Junior at the Frank Sinatara School of the Arts in Astoria. Now that students who are studying the performing arts are no longer able to physically step inside their school’s rehearsal halls and dance studios - how will they continue refining their technique?

"It's been a weird week. Definitely," DiLorenzo said. "A bunch of my friends were like, 'Oh yeah, no school', but after Monday we want to go back and we want to finish a lot of what we started. We just got an email last night from our Principal about how exactly we're going to go through with online learning. And he said we're going to have to be especially creative with our arts classes. But those for me are the teachers that have been reaching out the most and definitely trying to make the most of the situation. So I'm not worried. It's different and it's something we're all gonna have to get used to."

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Some NYers Escape the City for Fresh Air During Pandemic

BY Clodagh McGowan

QUEENS, N.Y. - It’s been a week. But for the Moore Family — that week feels like a year. For starters, this family of four is now a family of five. Their newest daughter Margaret was born last Monday, in the middle of a pandemic.

“When we were going into the hospital and even as we were going through the delivery there was so much uncertainty given all of the news that was happening. And everything was happening just as such a breakneck speed,” said Tyler Moore, an Astoria resident.

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Residents of Complex Could be Evicted After a Coronavirus Death

BY Michael Herzenberg

The International House provides lodging for mostly young people from around the world, graduate students from different schools and professionals.

There are as many as 700 residents, but the numbers are down significantly after the organization told them a resident died from Covid-19 and half the building needed to be empty by Friday.

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Brooklyn Fashion Designer Manufactures Medical Masks in Time of Need

BY Jeanine Ramirez

Lauren Gabrielson set up face time with her sister in Arkansas who's a nurse for tips on how to make a mask.

Gabrielson is a fashion designer in Williamsburg who normally makes clothing for women and children. But with medical supplies in limited supply, she heard Gov. Andrew Cuomo's call to action.

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Symptoms

The 2019 novel coronavirus may cause mild to severe respiratory symptoms like:

  • cough
  • fever
  • trouble breathing and
  • pneumonia

The CDC believes symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus.

(Source: NYS DOH)