Coronavirus in N.Y.C.: The Latest – The New York Times

Coronavirus in N.Y.C.: The Latest – The New York Times

New York Today

Azi Paybarah

Weather: Cloudy with a high in the mid- to upper 40s. Rain is likely in the afternoon.

Alternate-side parking: Suspended through Tuesday because of the coronavirus. Meters are in effect.


Credit…Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images

The coronavirus has continued to spread at an alarming rate in New York City, prompting the White House response coordinator to say yesterday that anyone who has left or passed through the city should put themselves into quarantine for 14 days.

[Get the latest news and updates on the coronavirus in the New York region.]

Also yesterday, Governor Cuomo warned that the rising number of cases in New York State could overwhelm the state’s health care system in about two weeks. He said the number of positive tests was doubling every three days, despite calls for people to stay indoors and for nonessential businesses to temporarily close.

“We haven’t flattened the curve, and the curve is actually increasing,” Mr. Cuomo said. “The apex is higher than we thought, and the apex is sooner than we thought.”

  • Mayor de Blasio was considering shutting city parks and playgrounds. He said yesterday that he would give residents until Saturday night to show that they could practice social distancing. If not, he said, he would be prepared to close parks and playgrounds “for the foreseeable future.”

  • The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will temporarily eliminate service on the B, W and Z subway lines because of an 87 percent drop in ridership. The 4, 5, 6, 7, J and D lines will run local on all or part of their routes. Bus service will also be cut by 25 percent.

    [Subway service is cut by a quarter because of the coronavirus.]

  • New York State has tested about 91,000 people, Mr. Cuomo said, and has nearly 26,000 coronavirus cases. More than 3,200 people have been hospitalized, and more than 210 have died, including the Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally.

  • New York needs up to 140,000 hospital beds, up from an earlier estimate of 110,000, Mr. Cuomo said. Right now, 53,000 are available. Also, 40,000 intensive care beds could be needed, he said. The state obtained 7,000 ventilators, he added, but needs 23,000 more.

    [An “astronomical” surge will hit hospitals, Cuomo says.]

  • Women giving birth at the NewYork-Presbyterian and Mount Sinai Health System hospital networks are being told they must go through labor without partners or others by their side. Hospital officials said the rules were intended to help protect mothers and children during the coronavirus outbreak.

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An Amazon warehouse worker in Staten Island tested positive for the coronavirus, according to another employee. [New York Post]

Election commissioners want the state to move New York’s presidential primary from April 28 to June 23. [State of Politics]

Some companies are hiring right now. [NY1]

Library branches may be closed, but you can still tap into their resources from home.

Here are a few of the many offerings:

The New York Public Library, which covers Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island, has free one-on-one tutoring for kindergartners to 12th graders. The effort is a partnership with Brainfuse, an online tutoring organization.

The tutoring is available from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Educational videos about a variety of subjects, including basic math, organic chemistry and essay writing, are also online. There are free test-prep videos.

To get access to the tutoring and videos, use a library card. (Apply for one remotely here.)

The Brooklyn Public Library is hosting virtual events on its website and social media pages.

Today’s offerings include story time at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., and a Dungeons and Dragons game at 1 p.m.

On a Facebook page, the library is hosting a knitting and crocheting craft circle at 2 p.m.; on its Instagram page, at 4 p.m., is a writing session for teenagers using two-paragraph stories.

The Queens Public Library has audio and video recordings on the history of hip-hop, including an interview with Darryl (DMC) McDaniels of Run-DMC, a talk with the rapper KRS-One and a brief chat with the radio personality Angela Yee.

There’s also a celebration of Women’s History Month, with a chance to win free books, and a reference desk to ask librarians questions.

Oh, yeah: You can also check out books.

It’s Wednesday — check out a library.

Dear Diary:

I was a young ballet student living in New York and attending classes in Chelsea. Early one weekday morning, I slid onto a stool at my favorite diner — really just a long, narrow countertop and two small tables — around the corner from the Flatiron Building.

I ordered my usual: a toasted bagel and coffee light. A young man sitting next to me who had apparently been there for a while was poring indecisively over the breakfast menu.

Finally, the waiter, a big man with burly arms and a white apron, leaned over the counter and, propped up on his knuckles, glowered at the young man.

“We close at 4 p.m.,” he said.

— Kim Sonderegger

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  • Updated March 24, 2020

    • How does coronavirus spread?

      It seems to spread very easily from person to person, especially in homes, hospitals and other confined spaces. The pathogen can be carried on tiny respiratory droplets that fall as they are coughed or sneezed out. It may also be transmitted when we touch a contaminated surface and then touch our face.

    • What makes this outbreak so different?

      Unlike the flu, there is no known treatment or vaccine, and little is known about this particular virus so far. It seems to be more lethal than the flu, but the numbers are still uncertain. And it hits the elderly and those with underlying conditions — not just those with respiratory diseases — particularly hard.

    • What should I do if I feel sick?

      If you’ve been exposed to the coronavirus or think you have, and have a fever or symptoms like a cough or difficulty breathing, call a doctor. They should give you advice on whether you should be tested, how to get tested, and how to seek medical treatment without potentially infecting or exposing others.

    • What if somebody in my family gets sick?

      If the family member doesn’t need hospitalization and can be cared for at home, you should help him or her with basic needs and monitor the symptoms, while also keeping as much distance as possible, according to guidelines issued by the C.D.C. If there’s space, the sick family member should stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom. If masks are available, both the sick person and the caregiver should wear them when the caregiver enters the room. Make sure not to share any dishes or other household items and to regularly clean surfaces like counters, doorknobs, toilets and tables. Don’t forget to wash your hands frequently.

    • Should I wear a mask?

      No. Unless you’re already infected, or caring for someone who is, a face mask is not recommended. And stockpiling them will make it harder for nurses and other workers to access the resources they need to help on the front lines.

    • Should I stock up on groceries?

      Plan two weeks of meals if possible. But people should not hoard food or supplies. Despite the empty shelves, the supply chain remains strong. And remember to wipe the handle of the grocery cart with a disinfecting wipe and wash your hands as soon as you get home.

    • Should I pull my money from the markets?

      That’s not a good idea. Even if you’re retired, having a balanced portfolio of stocks and bonds so that your money keeps up with inflation, or even grows, makes sense. But retirees may want to think about having enough cash set aside for a year’s worth of living expenses and big payments needed over the next five years.

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