New York – The governor of the state of New York, Andrew Cuomo, announced Thursday the detection of eleven new cases of coronavirus in the last hours, which brings to 22 the number of people in this US territorial entity that have tested positive in the Covid-19 tests.
There are two new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New York City. One new patient is a man in his 40s, and one new patient is a woman in her 80s. Neither patient has a connection to travel nor any of the other local individuals diagnosed with COVID-19.
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In a press conference in which Cuomo called for calm and warned that the more tests are done, the more cases will come to light, the governor said that eight of the new cases have been detected in Westchester County, north of New York City, and they are related to a lawyer who tested positive recently.
Two other new patients have been identified in New York City and another on Long Island, east of the city.
As reported by ABC7, two school districts in Westchester County are closed on Thursday due to the outbreak of coronavirus, and both will remain closed until Monday.
At Mount Vernon, the closure involves the 16 schools. In Hastings-on-Hudson, the three schools are closed to do a thorough cleaning, a task that other schools in the county, such as Harrison’s, are already considering.
Closures occur because students who go to those schools or their parents have been exposed to people or places where positive cases of coronavirus have been seen.
The eight people who have contracted the disease in Westchester are in their homes, while the other three patients are hospitalized, according to Cuomo, who recommended not to hug or shake hands between several precautionary measures in the face of the expansion of the new virus.
On the lawyer, 50 years old and two days ago had a severe prognosis, the governor said that he had previous pathologies that made him a risk population and that his condition was improving.
The man lives in New Rochelle, in Westchester County, and works at a law firm in Manhattan.
The mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, had already announced this morning the detection of the two cases of the city, a man in his 40s and an octogenarian, who had not traveled to risk areas or have links with other diagnosed individuals with the virus in New York.