Tag Archives: New York state

NYC: 45 Mobile Morgues, Crematories Extend Hours

Reuters reports: New York City crematories are extending their hours, burning bodies into the night. The state has started a running tally of all cremations and burials. City officials are surveying upstate cemeteries for temporary interment sites. Funeral homes and cemetery directors described a surge in demand unseen in decades from COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus that …

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New York Utility Works To Isolate On-Site Staffers

Politico reports: The nation’s largest state utility has initiated talks with New York’s private generators to enter into a pact to keep critical power plants staffed and fueled as the coronavirus pandemic worsens. The New York Power Authority began isolating critical control room and security staff on-site at its major power plants and transmission control stations last week, as did …

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US Coronavirus Deaths Top 3000, Infections Over 164K

USA Today reports: The U.S. hit another grim milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic Monday, recording its 3,000 death as the nation’s most populated cities put out cries for aid and extra hospital beds. The latest numbers — 3,170 deaths and more than 164,000 confirmed infections in the U.S. as of early Tuesday — come as cities across the nation struggle …

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Cuomo Sees 87% Approval For Coronavirus Response

The New York Post reports: The Empire State has recorded nearly 60,000 coronavirus cases and almost 1,000 deaths, but a new poll shows an overwhelming majority of New Yorkers think Gov. Andrew Cuomo is doing a great job handling the pandemic. A Siena College poll released Monday shows 87 percent of eligible voters approve of the job Cuomo is doing …

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Cuomo: Trump’s Quarantine Threat “Panicked People”

“Last night we were fighting two things. You’re fighting the virus and you’re fighting the fear. I can’t tell you how many people called all night long about the mandatory quarantine comment that the president made as he was getting into a helicopter, which was inconclusive, by the way. But people are so on edge. I mean, it really panicked …

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Cuomo Postpones New York Primary To June 23rd

ABC News reports: New York — which has become the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic’s spread in the U.S.– will now be on June 23, the latest state to postpone or drastically change the status of its April 28 presidential primary. Six states slated to vote that day have delayed or moved to expand absentee voting to continue on with …

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De Blasio: Expect NYC To Remain Closed “Through May”

The New York Daily News reports: New Yorkers should be prepared for the city to remain in “pause” due to coronavirus through May even as President Trump gives Americans “false hope” the country will reopen by Easter next month, Mayor de Blasio said Friday. “We have to be ready for that and I think it’s going to spread in the …

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Gov. Cuomo: Rate Of New Cases In NY May Be Slowing

The New York Times reports: As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in New York continued to grow — reaching more than 30,000 — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said on Wednesday that there were early signs that the state’s stringent restrictions on social gatherings could be slowing the virus’s spread. In a briefing on Wednesday, Mr. Cuomo said there were …

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WH: New Yorkers Who Leave Town Should Self-Isolate

The Washington Post reports: The White House coronavirus task force, citing concern about the high infection rate in the New York City area, is asking everyone who has left that area recently to self-isolate for 14 days, wherever they are. Deborah Birx, the response coordinator for the task force, said at a Tuesday news conference that 60 percent of all …

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Cuomo: NY’s New Infections Doubling Every Three Days

The New York Times report: The peak of infection in New York could come as soon as two to three weeks, far earlier than previously anticipated, Mr. Cuomo said, which would put even bigger strain on the health care system than officials had feared. “The apex is higher than we thought and the apex is sooner than we thought,” Mr. …

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Gov. Cuomo: NY Cases Top 20,000, Over 12,000 In NYC

The New York Post reports: The number of confirmed cases of the deadly coronavirus has climbed to 20,875 statewide, including 12,305 in the five boroughs of New York City, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday. The grim toll also includes 157 deaths in the Empire State, Cuomo said — representing more than a third of the 463 deaths nationwide. “I see …

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Harvey Weinstein Positive For Virus In Upstate Prison

The Niagara Gazette reports: Oscar-winning movie producer Harvey Weinstein, now one of New York’s most notorious prison inmates after being sentenced for sexual assault, has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, according to officials connected to the state prison system. Weinstein, who turned 68 last Thursday is being isolated at Wende Correctional Facility in Western New York, officials told CNHI …

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New York DMV Extends Expiring Driver Licenses, IDs

NY1 reports: The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles will be closing all their offices due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement was made Saturday and stated expiration dates for driver licenses, non-driver IDs, and registrations set to expire on or post-March 1, 2020, would be extended, while road tests would be suspended. Additionally, in-office reservations, road tests, …

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Gov. Cuomo: Half Of NY’s Virus Patients Are Under 50

The Daily Beast reports: Half of all coronavirus cases in New York state are in patients under 50 years old, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said as he pleaded with young people to stop socializing and to increase their social distancing. Of the state’s 10,356 cases, 54 percent were in people aged 18 to 49, Cuomo said on Saturday. “You’re not superman …

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New York AG Targets Craigslist Over Ads For Fake Cures

The New York Post reports: New York Attorney General Letitia James is taking aim at internet fraudsters looking to profit off the coronavirus pandemic — ordering Craigslist to take down posts for phony cures and heavily marked-up items like hand sanitizer. Craigslist has carried ads in recent days for products falsely claiming that they can provide immunity or protection from …

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NYC Coronavirus Cases Top 5000 As Testing Increases

ABC New York reports: New York City topped 5,000 positive cases of COVID-19 as a surge in new infections coincided with an increase in testing and rising concerns that medical supplies are running out. The cases are increasing as testing begins to ramp up – an increase that Mayor Bill de Blasio likened to an “explosion.” He also warned that …

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NY Gov: All Non-Essential Workers Must Stay At Home

NBC News New York reports: Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that 100 percent of non-essential work forces are now required to stay home, calling it “the most drastic measure we can take” as he said the entire state of New York was “on pause.” Two days ago, that decree applied to 50 percent of the non-essential work force. A day …

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Gov. Cuomo: NY Infections May Not Peak For 45 Days

NBC New York reports: Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned Tuesday that New York state coronavirus infections may not peak for 45 days, projecting the state could need up to 110,000 hospital beds — a number that simply dwarfs the current capacity. Unprecedented restrictions have already been implemented. And Cuomo said more aggressive measures are “likely” to come with the curve showing …

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Two NY Assembly Members Diagnosed With Virus

Newsday reports: Two members of the New York State Assembly have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, the chamber’s speaker tweeted Saturday night. They are Helene Weinstein and Charles Barron, according to the speaker, Carl E. Heastie, who tweeted the news. Both are Brooklyn Democrats. Neither assembly member could be immediately reached for comment, but Heastie has been in contact with …

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New York AG Warns Alex Jones Over Fake Virus Cure

NBC News reports: New York State Attorney General Letitia James has warned conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to stop selling fake coronavirus cures, according to a statement from her office released Thursday. James sent a cease-and-desist letter demanding Jones stop selling products such as toothpaste, dietary supplements and creams that make coronavirus claims via the website for InfoWars, Jones’ media company. …

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