West Virginia became the 50th state to report a case of the deadly novel coronavirus when Gov. Jim Justice announced the first positive test result Tuesday. Justice said the case was in the eastern panhandle of the state, but he gave no other details.
The announcement comes just after the death toll from the virus in the United States passed 100, according to a CNN tally of data from state heath officials. Illinois reported its first death Tuesday, becoming one of 18 states to report the death of a resident who died from the virus in the pandemic.
The grim milestone comes as health officials tout a consistent message: Limit your interactions now or overwhelm the health systems meant to take care of you. And get used to it, this won’t be over soon.
The New York Post reports:
More than 100 new coronavirus cases were confirmed in New York City over the course of Tuesday, with officials expecting an exponential rise in the coming days.
There are currently at least 923 confirmed COVID-19 patients in the city, up from 814 reported cases earlier Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on MSNBC. “It’s unbelievable how rapidly this crisis is growing right now,” de Blasio said Tuesday night.
The mayor reiterated that residents should prepare for an unprecedented “shelter-in-place” order to contain the coronavirus. The mayor expects as many as 10,000 cases of the disease in the Big Apple by next week.
BREAKING: Confirmed cases of new coronavirus top 200,000 worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University tally. https://t.co/xcvT79F91x
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