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.
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.
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.”
Here’s what else you need to know.
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.
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.
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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What we’re reading
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]
And finally: Libraries’ virtual offerings
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.
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.
Oh, yeah: You can also check out books.
It’s Wednesday — check out a library.
Metropolitan Diary: Breakfast special
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