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The WFUV Newsroom is working to provide people throughout the Tri-State area with accurate and timely information relating to the novel Coronavirus. This is a developing story as new information is learned almost every day. The newsroom will update this page regularly as needed.

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  • President Trump praises Cuomo, de Blasio for handling of coronavirus pandemic  
  • Westchester man recovering after spending 17 days on a ventilator 
  • De Blasio says NYC only using a fraction of ventilators of what was expected 


  • Amazon pilots disinfectant fog at Staten Island warehouse 
  • NYC's Cathedral of St. John the Divine being turned into virus field hospital 
  • New clinical trials underway to treat coronavirus patients 
  • How the pandemic is impacting mental health 
  • Bronx sandwich heroes feed coronavirus hospital front lines 
  • How do we restart life after coronavirus? 
  • How international travel left NY vulnerable to virus 
  • New York City man hangs fliers seeking 'germ free' girlfriend during coronavirus 
  • Prominent NYC couple donates $10M to help families of city healthcare workers 
  • Data shows some states more successful than others at staying home
  • Murphy extends public health emergency another 30 days in NJ  
  • Are you an essential worker? Share your video with the NY Times 
  • Driver wrecks $750G supercar on NYC street during virus shutdown  
  • Coronavirus deaths in NYC soar 
  • Mayor de Blasio says 'we will not let any New Yorker go hungry' 
  • Flight attendants union urges no leisure travel amid coronavirus 
  • Is pro video game streamer the most virus-proof job in the world? 
  • Photos of NYC during the crisis 
  • Medical professionals share how they try to avoid bringing the virus home 
  • Shuttered New York theme park will pay out nearly $500K in refunds
  • Attorney says NJ man 'sorry' for Pink Floyd show that led to police confrontation   
  • A day with a NYC funeral director during pandemic 
  • NYC's latest virus tally shows slows in death, new cases 
  • USNS Comfort's capacity cut in half to treat COVID-19 patients 


  • Commercial burglaries soar since emergency measures 
  • Medical group endorses drug for severe coronavirus pneumonia 
  • Gaga raises $35M for virus fight, curates all-star TV event 
  • With gym closed, man builds enter gym out of logs
  • NYC doctor says high ventilator settings damage coronavirus patients' lungs
  • NY Department of Labor boosts staff to handle unemployment claims
  • Fashion company partners with body armor manufacturer to make surgical gowns
  • Cuomo raises fine for not social distancing to $1,000 
  • Duran Duran bassist recovers from virus 
  • Brooklyn hospital transitioning to COVID-19-only patients 
  • Desperate healthcare workers rally for virus gear at Harlem hospital  
  • Speeding soars in NYC despite fewer cars on road amid pandemic 
  • Virus toll in NY shows signs of leveling off 
  • Cuomo extends 'New York on PAUSE' 
  • Cuomo suggests NY could be hitting the apex of the pandemic 
  • Nassau County Exec says 'we cannot let up' as plateau approaches 
  • Regents exams nixed for NY high schools due to shutdown 
  • Councilman warns of plan for 'temporary interment' in parks 
  • Mayor shuts down coronavirus car ban program 
  • Bronx Zoo tiger sick with COVID-19 
  • Airlines halt most NYC flights amid virus fears  
  • NYC dog parks closed until further notice due to outbreak 
  • State's plan to rebuild NYC economy may focus on tourism, restaurants 
  • Meadowlands field medical center opens 
  • Fired Amazon worker to lead protest in Staten Island 


  • NY Governor Cuomo says New York will hit coronavirus peak in about a week
  • U.S. Surgeon General says this coming week will be "our Pearl Harbor" moment 
  • Fordham University is offering use of its facilities such as its residence halls to be of use as medical facilities by the state and hospitals, according to a statement released by President Joseph M. McShane 


  • The NBA is collaborating with the NY Knicks, the Brooklyn Nets and China's Consul to provide 1 million masks to New York's essential workers
  • NYS has arranged with China to receive 1000 ventilators today
  • Oregon has donated 140 ventilators to New York
  • NYS will allow medical students slated to graduate this year to begin practicing
  • NYS hospitalization data suggests COVID-19  is spreading east to Long Island
  • Cuomo says the legislative session is "effectively over"
  • Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is calling for grocery stores to prioritize check out for first responders and health care workers
  • NYC Councilmember Fernando Cabrera is announcing the Kingsbridge Armory will be converted into a food distribution center


  • Woman credits experimental drug for COVID-19 recovery 
  • Google data shows New Yorkers doing less social distancing than people in Italy, Spain 
  • NYPD says hospital patient charged with deadly social distancing shove
  • New England Patriots deliver 300K face masks to NYC 
  • Cuomo questions effectiveness of NYC mask directive 
  • Artist making face shields for hospitals 
  • NYC nurses protest outside hospital, demand protective gear 
  • State legislators call for moratorium on new liqor licenses  
  • Adam Sandler's new quarantine song is a fun tribute to doctors and nurses  
  • First experimental drug site opens in New York 
  • Cuomo orders National Guard to take ventilators and redistribute 
  • Decade of job growth comes to an end, undone by crisis 
  • Mayor de Blasio calls for national draft of doctors to fight virus  
  • NYC to test all health care workers at city-run hospitals for COVID-19 
  • NYC's film and TV industy grinds to a halt amid virus 
  • What NYC sports talk radio is like during the pandemic 
  • NRA sues NY for calling gun stores non-essential 
  • Mayor warns of deadly surge in ICU patients 
  • Connecticut dad says malaria drug helped him recover 
  • Javits Center will begin to treat COVID-19 patients 
  • NYC funeral homes and morgues overwhelmed 
  • Mayor says USNS Comfort to get more patients  
  • New Yorkers urged to wear face coverings 
  • Sick, quarantined MTA workers lead to packed subway trains 
  • Mamaroneck HS student spearheads initiative to get PPE to hospitals 


  • Things to do in NYC this weekend while staying inside 
  • Judge orders Tekashi69's early release from prison due to pandemic    
  • Program helps shelter-in seniors stay connected 
  • How to make face masks from materials found at home
  • Actor's sister says she received preferential treatment while battling COVID-19
  • 'Top Gun' Maverick' postponed to December due to virus 
  • Locals in LI hotspot blame NYC refugees 
  • How experts worry the outbreak could cloud the general election 
  • Cuomo says NY has just six days of ventilators left 
  • Nurse says she worked at hospitals while infected 
  • Governor's brother, stricken by virus, joins briefing 
  • NYPD reports 20 percent drop in crime amid COVID-19 emergency 
  • Port Authority Executive Director Cotton talks diagnosis, agency work 
  • Record 6.6 million Americans file for unemployment 
  • NYC EMTs have stopped taking people in cardiac arrest to strained hospitals 
  • Who can be tested and where to go in Connecticut 
  • Fears spark record number of background checks for guns 
  • Here's how to keep drinking in check during pandemic 
  • WHO concerned about rapid escalation of virus 
  • NYC doctor makes urgent plea for help 
  • Dr. Fauci won't back down amid rising threats  
  • Police in Lakewood, NJ call for backup to break up funeral 
  • Field hospital opening at Meadowlands Expo Center 
  • NYC hospital worker who caught virus recovers and returns to treat patients 
  • Patriots plane being used to transport 1.2M masks to U.S.   


  • Former NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill tapped by Mayor de Blasio  
  • Ill-timed April Fools' coronavirus prank riles NYPD
  • High school seniors turn to virtual college tours 
  • Infant in CT dies from COVID-19
  • Mt. Sinai Health launches app to track outbreak across NYC
  • Man hid virus symptoms to visit wife in maternity ward 
  • Latimer encourages residents to participate in the 2020 Census
  • Murphy cracking down on those ignoring restrictions in NJ 
  • Police Commissioner says number of NYPD with virus still growing 
  • Cuomo to close NYC playgrounds 
  • NYC veterinarians forced to choose people over pets in war on virus 
  • LI urgent care first in the nation to use new rapid COVID-19 test 
  • Many New York patients are young, surprising doctors 
  • How to clean your car to reduce risk during pandemic 
  • Warren Buffet, Goldman Sachs partner fly in 130K masks for Mount Sinai
  • Wimbledon canceled for the first time since WWII 
  • Man armed with knife, gun in the Bronx attempts 'suicide by cop' after getting virus 
  • NYC subway, bus riders still facing dangerous crowded conditions 
  • NJ tax filing deadline pushed to July 15th 
  • Report: All Brooklyn Nets players now symptom free from COVID-19
  • Survey says one in three small businesses can't last another three months  
  • Should you worry about sanitizing groceries
  • War against COVID-19 takes toll on NYC first responders 


  • No alternate side parking in NYC through April 14 
  • NYC playgrounds closing after drawing crowds 
  • Discarded gloves, masks spotted strewn across NY, NJ streets 
  • To mask or not to mask? 
  • Union wants Rikers Island testing site, better safety protocols 
  • New study estimates COVID-19 death rate is under 1%
  • CUNY students, on-campus pantries receive lifeline  
  • NYC morgues, cemeteries overwhelmed 
  • Study shows coronavirus could travel up to 27 feet, stay in air for hours 
  • Doctors say medical workers are facing abuse from patiens 
  • Governor Cuomo's brother, Chris, tests positive; CNN anchor working from home 
  • NYPD Commissioner says 15 percent of department out sick
  • Photos capture NYC during the crisis 
  • NY Congressman being deployed with National Guard 
  • Rihanna and Jay Z's foundations donate $2M 
  • NYC restaurants pivot to feeding hospital workers 
  • White House task force discussing whether public should be wearing masks 
  • Mayor de Blasio says all NYC hospital beds could be full of COVID-19 patients
  • Experts on how we'll know we've turned a corner on the virus in NY
  • New online store offers help to shuttered indie booksellers 
  • More ambulances coming to New York City for surge in 911 calls 
  • Mayor de Blasio says worst of NYC pandemic could go into May 
  • First responders prepare for battle 
  • U.S. Open venue to be converted into temporary hospital 
  • Empire State Building lights up red to recognize first responders 

MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2020

  • Homeless population in NYC surpasses 100 cases 
  • Country prepares for prolonged shutdowns
  • Zoom, Microsoft cloud usage rocketing 
  • Van Gogh painting stolen from Dutch museum over night during lockdown
  • Mayor vows crackdown on subway riders who aren't distancing 
  • Here's how to access your stimulus checks
  • Cuomo issues urgent plea for health care workers to help NY
  • First minor with COVID-19 in NYC dies 
  • Crowds ignore social distancing rules to watch USNS Comfort 
  • NYC restaurant cookbooks to read during shutdown 
  • New York's Central Park and harbor now home to makeshift hospitals 
  • The crisis through a screenager's eyes 
  • Birthday parades bring cheer to kids who can't have parties 
  • NYPD, FDNY and MTA all mourning losses of members 
  • Amazon workers in SI to stage walkout after one staffer tests positive
  • Macy's to furlough most of its workforce
  • Doctors say virus is mutating 
  • New poll says New Yorkers approve of Cuomo's response to pandemic  
  • Navy hospital arrives in NY 
  • NYC to enforce social distancing fines 
  • Hoboken parks closed; Bergen County expands testing 
  • Dr. Oz compares NYC to a war zone
  • Tokyo Olympics rescheduled for next year 
  • NYC speakeasy owner arrested after dozens found inside 

SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2020

  • One dean at NYU sent a video of herself dancing in the same email informing some students they will be not be refunded
  • Calls to 911 spike
  • New Yorkers cheer on essential workers for the third day in a row
  • Field hospital is constructed in Central Park
  • Trump extends social distancing guidelines through April 30th
  • Lamont says CT's request for a federal Major Disaster Declaration has been approved 
  • Around 12 percent of NYPD's officers called out sick  
  • Cuomo is extending his order to for all non-essential workers to stay home until April 15th 
  • The USNS Comfort will have a 1,000 beds for non-coronavirus patients to ease the strain on New York's hospitals 
  • A large shipment of N95 masks, gloves, gowns, and hand santizers flew in from China in an initiative led by the White House
  • Nordstrom is sewing over 100,000 masks for healthcare workers 


  • The CDC issues a travel advisory for the New York tri-state area
  • Trump says an official quarentine will not be necessary for the tri-state area and he is instead asking the CDC to issue a "strong travel advisory" to be administered by NY, NJ and CT's governors
  • Cuomo is calling President Trump's potential tri-state area quarentine a "declaration of war on states" and says it would be "total mayhem" if these states were sealed off  
  • Murphy announced a mortgage payment relief program that will give a 90-day grace period to homeowners paying mortgages 
  • Westchester County Executive George Latimer is directing residents on how to "Keep It Clean"
  • NY Attorney General Letitia James is warning residents to watch out for COVID-19 scams
  • Cuomo is pushing the Presidential Primary vote from April 28th to June 23rd
  • Cuomo is urging local medical systems to work together as a unified system, rather than a series of independent hospitals
  • President Trump is considering an "enforceable" quarantine in parts of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut

FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2020




MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2020

  • New York gets federal approval for experimental treatments
  • Loss of taste, smell could by symptoms of Coronavirus 
  • NYC crime down 17 percent amid crisis 
  • New Yorkers 18 to 44 make up bulk of cases 
  • Bronx specialty food wholesaler making deliveries 
  • NYC faces challenges as US epicenter of virus 
  • Coronavirus relief bill fails key vote in Senate
  • 2020 Olympics in Tokyo postponed 
  • Cuomo visits Javits Center, possible site of NYC temporary hospital 
  • Westchester County Executive Latimer ends fares on Bee-Lee Bus; rear-door boarding only
  • Mayor de Blasio says students likely won't return this school year 
  • NYC eying release of 200 more inmates amid outbreak  
  • Murphy says NJ schools are likely to remain closed for extended period  
  • NJ launching central website to find, apply for jobs; 8,000 available statewide at essential businesses 
  • Cuomo orders all hospitals to increase capacity by 50 percent 
  • Harvey Weinstein tests positive in NY prison 
  • Mayor says lives depend on getting more supplies
  • Where to find testing centers in NY, NJ and CT
  • NJ opens testing site at PNC Arts Center.
  • Neil Diamond gives Sweet Caroline Coronavirus remake

SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2020

  • Website predicts how much toilet paper is needed
  • MTA will separate riders and drivers
  • NY liquor stores are deemed essential
  • Staten Island couple says 'I do'
  • Nonessential businsses in NY close
  • New York City jails have a large coronavirus outbreak with many people testing positive at Rikers Island
  • NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio pleads for help from the federal government
  • Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says a tentative stimulus package will provide direct deposits to families and give small businesses loans
  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to erect four temporary hospitals
  • In a press briefing, Governor Cuomo says New York hospitals need to double capacity as deaths rise
  • Governor Cuomo is calling for the Federal Government to nationalize the medical supply chain 
  • New York State to begin drug trials to treat COVID-19


  • New York Attorney General Letitia James is calling on employees to file complaints against employers violating NYS Executive Orders calling on non-essential workers to stay home.
  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is announcing the procurement of 6,000 ventilators from around the world and plans to create field hospitals at the Javits Center, SUNY Stony Brook and Westbury, and the Westchester Convention Center.
  • President Trump has approved New York Disaster Declaration, allowing federal funding and resources to be used to combat the spread of COVID-19 and treat affected patients.
  • New York is requesting four Army Corps of Engineers temporary hospitals and changes to federal coronavirus legislation that would allow the state to be eligible for six billion dollars in aid that it's currently ineligible for.
  • The NYC Department of Education is opening up 93 Regional Enrichment Centers to provide childcare for the children of essential workers. Service begins Monday, March 23rd.

FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2020




MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2020

  • United States starts experimental vaccine; first participant from Seattle 
  • At least 200 nurses furloughed at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut, Gov. Lamont says there are not enough tests
  • The Kentucky Derby postponed until September
  • 15 Connecticut residents test positive; 41 total in state
  • Drive-through testing has been approved at seven Connecticut hospitals
  • Westchester County Executive George Latimer declared a “State of Emergency” for the County 
  • New Jersey Governor Murphy says all the state's public and private schools, along with colleges and universities, will close indefintely starting Wednesday 
  • Met Gala postponed
  • Mayor de Blasio: NYC getting five drive-thru testing facilities for priority testing
  • As fears mount of global recession, dow drops almost 3,000 points; worst since 1987
  • Mayor de Blasio confirms two more deaths in NYC; 134 new cases bringing the total to 463
  • President Trump says US economy 'may be' heading toward recession amid pandemic
  • President Trump unveils tougher guidelines to slow the spread of the coronavirus in the US, including urging people to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people
  • Rockland County Executive Ed Day issued a Declaration of a State of Emergency in Rockland in order to take additional actions to deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19). The State of Emergency will be in effect for thirty days, through April 15, and may be extended at that time
  • Governor Cuomo calls for Army Corps of Engineers to create more hospital beds 
  • New Jersey's Governor recommends avoiding non-essential travel between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. 
  • NYC bars and restaurants will only offer customers takeout or delivery starting Tuesday, March 17
  • NY, NJ and CT agree to ban gatherings over 50 people 
  • All NYC public schools closed for at least a month
  • New Jersey's governor says he will lay out plans to close schools across the state
  • New York’s presidential primary could be delayed
  • A Tennessee man became a subject of national scorn after stockpiling more than 17,000 bottles of hand sanitizer

SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2020

  • NYC bars and restaurants will only offer customers takeout or delivery starting Tuesday, March 17. Nightclubs, movie theaters, and concert venues will close as well. The mayor has given no time frame on when establishments might re-open. 
  • The Wildlife Conservation Society has temporarily closed five zoos and the New York Aquarium until further notice. 
  • Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont ordered all public schools to close statewide, effective Tuesday, March, 17. Schools will be closed through at least March 31. 
  • NYC Senior Centers will stop programming, but will continue to provide the elderly with food. Seniors who rely on centers will be able to pick up meals or have them delivered. 
  • The special election for Queens Borough President has been cancelled.
  • New York City Mayor de Blasio has announced public schools will not open tomorrow and will remain closed through the spring break. Online classes will start for grades K-12 on Monday, March 23. The next attempt to open schools will be in April.
  • Governor Cuomo announced that Westchester, Long Island, and NYC schools will close 'early this week.' 
  • Governor Cuomo is urging New Yorkers to stay home. 
  • Schools, houses of worship, and other large gathering facilities in New Rochelle will be closed temporarily from March 21- March 25. 
  • Governor Cuomo is asking President Trump to mobilize the Army Corps of Engineers to equip buildings like warehouses to serve as temporary medical centers.
  • President Donald Trump has tested negative for the coronavirus.
  • The New York City Council has suspended all hearings and meetings. The City Council's offices at 250 Broadway and City Hall are closed. 
  • New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer is calling for a city shutdown in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. 
  • There will be no public Masses held by the Archdiocese of New York starting tomorrow. 
  • The township of Teaneck, New Jersey is requested by Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin to self-quarantine to stop an outbreak of COVID-19. 
  • Governor Cuomo announced the third coronavirus death in the state of New York. He says there are only 600 ICU beds available right now.
  • New York State's 27 Department of Motor Vehicle offices will move to appointment only.
  • Nassau and Suffolk counties are closing all schools for the next two weeks.
  • A Long Island Railroad worker is the first MTA employee to have the coronavirus. He's been in quarantine since March 7 and is a sheet metal worker who does not have direct contact with customers.


  • Officials reported the first two deaths linked to coronavirus in New York State. Mayor Bill de Blasio says the first patient was an elderly woman with advanced emphysema who was admitted into the Wyckoff Medical Center last week. The second patient was a 65 year old man who had "significant health problems" that likely contributed to his death.
  • Governor Cuomo is requiring insurance companies to waive co-payments for tele-health visits. 
  • The first drive-through testing facility in New York has opened in New Rochelle.
  • New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer is announcing efforts by the DOE to secure tablets for students to take home in the event of schools closing.
  • The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision is suspending visitation at all facilities statewide. They encourage families and friends of incarcerated individuals to stay connected electronically through one of their alternative communication programs.
  • The New York City Department of Education is canceling all extracurricular activities such as athletic events and practices, school-wide assemblies, school plays, and recitals until further notice. Field trips, internships, SAT administration within DOE sites are postponed until further notice. School facilities will be deep-cleaned three times per week.
  • New York City Courts have issued a moratorium on evictions in the city and suspended the issuance of new eviction warrants when a tenant fails to show up for court. 
  • New York City is working to acquire more N-95 and surgical masks for distribution. The Department of Health will prioritize requests for masks depending on need.
  • Connecticut is restricting nursing home visitation to protect senior residents for the next 30 days.
  • Two members of the New York State Assembly have tested positive for coronavirus, Charles Barron and Helen Weinstein. Governor Cuomo says that both members have not been in Albany since early March, for separate reasons. Out of an abundance of caution, the Capitol will be closed to visitors, effective Sunday. 
  • Hoboken, New Jersey has instituted a 10 p.m.-5 a.m. citywide curfew and has closed all restaurants and bars. Restaurants and bars will deliver and fulfill takeout orders, but not serve on the premises.

FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2020

  • Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert inform residents that Rockland County has a total of 9 positive cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Rockland County. Two new cases are residents of the Town of Clarkstown, and one is a resident of the Town of Ramapo.
  • President Trump declares national emergency
  • First person tests positive for COVID-19 in Hoboken, NJ. The patient is in his 40's, has been kept in self-isolation, and is expected to recover 
  • All New York Public library locations to close March 14 through March 31
  • Nassau County declares state of emergency
  • The Boston Marathon is postponed until September 14
  • NY state's first drive-through COVID-19 mobile testing center: New Rochelle, NY
  • NYC daily subway ridership falls by nearly 1 million
  • NYC food stores mobbed
  • WFUV Sports has recapped changes many leagues have made this past week
  • New York Congressman Adriano Espaillat issued a request to extend the 2020 Census, which started Thursday, March 12
  • NY Governor Cuomo warns that the COVID-19 outbreak could go on for nine months
  • The Archbishop of Newark, New Jersey, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, has suspended masses this weekend and will keep Catholic schools closed through March 20
  • Connecticut has launched a 24/7 hotline to serve as resource for those who have questions about COVID-19


  • The American Museum of Natural History will close to the public Friday, March 13
  • School Districts throughout Bergen County, NJ move to a remote learning model at 3 p.m. this Friday. This effects 75 school districts which serve more than 170,000 students.  
  • Governor Cuomo has addressed rumors and assured patrons who rely on mass transit that the system will not be shut down. 
  • Mayor de Blasio has ordered a state of emergency in New York City. 
  • New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is recommending that events with more than 250 people are cancelled. 
  • Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont has signed an executive order putting several rules in place, including banning events with more than 250 people.
  • Governor Cuomo has announced a ban on gatherings of more than 500 people starting Friday evening. Broadway will also be closed down beginning Thursday at 5 p.m. 
  • The Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York are closing elementary schools Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 20. In a statement, Superintendent of Catholic Schools Michael J Deegan said the closure could extend longer. 
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art is closing. 
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Postponed
  • The New York Public Library has suspended programs at least until the end of March. That includes classes, programs, and workshops. The public library system's 92 locations will stay open, but are taking precautions when it comes to supporting the city's efforts to discourage crowds. The library is encouraging residents to complete the 2020 Census, which can be accessed by patrons online or at any library. 
  • A Photographic Look Inside New Rochelle's Coronavirus 'Containment Zone' [The Weather Channel]
  • Mayor de Blasio announced the South Bronx Preparatory and Laboratory School of Finance and Technology in the Bronx will be closed for 24 hours due to a positive coronavirus case.
  • The NBA suspended its season after a Utah Jazz player tested positive for the coronavirus. 
  • New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is postponed [NY Times]
  • Actors Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson test positive for coronavirus.
  • How to Take Care of Your Hands When You’re Washing Them So Much to Prevent coronavirus [Time]


  • The World Health Organization has declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global “pandemic.” [read]
  • President Trump has suspended travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days, there are exceptions for the United Kingdom. The ban will go into effect Friday, March 13 at midnight. 

New York 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo held a media briefing on COVID-19. 

  • State and City Universities of New York will move to a remote learning model starting March 19. 
  • The state will contract with 28 labs to increase testing for the virus. 
  • The state will provide funding for a local food bank in New Rochelle for families that rely on free school meals. 

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio held a media briefing, here are some things he said. 

  • This is a disease that transmits in a particular way: "It's very direct contact, and fluid transmission," de Blasio said. 
  • Anyone who asks for healthcare will not be asked for documentation status. "We're trying to dimystify the process and get people help," he said. 
  • The Mayor said the city will not close schools. "Some places are closing schools en masse – we think that's a mistake, because so many parents are depending on the schools, not just for education, [but] for a safe place for the kids, for food for their kids. They don't have an alternative."

An usher at two Broadway shows has tested postive for the Coronavirus. Theater venues are cleaning facilities and informing theater-goers. [ABC]

The Union Federation of Teachers of New York City has announced it will hold parent-teacher conferences remotely through the month of March. 

NY Senator David Carlucci (Westchester) has introduced emergency legislation that would ensure school funding is not impacted if facilities must close due to Coronavirus. 


Health officials held a press conference. Dr. Matthew Carter with the Department of Public Health said the state is just at the begninning of the virus:

  • A third case of COVID-19 was confirmed. The person is elderly and lives at home.
  • Residents in the southwestern part of the state who have a fever or a cough are told to assume they have COVID-19 and stay home.  
  • Testing is limited to people who are hospitalized and who have symptoms including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. 
  • The state hopes to increase testing for the virus by next week. 

New Jersey

New Jersey Health Commissioner Judy Perisichilli said monitoring the virus is a rapidly evolving situration. 

  • Eight new cases of COVID-19 have been identified today. Throughout the state, 23 positive cases have been identified in total.  
  • The state has the capacity to test 400 possible cases. 
  • The state expects some cases were due to community spread.  
  • Event and school cancellation will be determined on a case-by-case basis.