A state of emergency was raised as the number of Coronavirus patients in the US increased to 89, including an Uber driver in the Queens district of New York City.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the emergency declaration on March 7 would allow the government to respond more quickly to equipment purchases and hire people to assist health workers who are monitoring thousands of illnesses. People must quarantine, according to the New York Times.
The focus of the epidemic in New York State remains Westchester County bordering the city to the north, where 57 cases have been recorded. The announcement came amid growing anxiety in New York City, with the number of cases of Covid-19, a disease caused by the new strain of coronavirus, which increased from 5 to 11 on March 7.
These cases are almost entirely related to the outbreak in Westchester, where a 50 year old male lawyer in New Rochelle, a county, was infected.
State officials say they have tested the oral and nasal fluids of dozens of people who may have had close contact with the lawyer. Technicians in public and private laboratories are racing against time to produce results.
With the spread of the virus that has killed more than 3,500 people globally, Governor Cuomo sought to reassure people during a press conference.
“Do you know anything worse than a virus? That’s anxiety,” Mr. Cuomo said, noting that most patients have only mild or no symptoms. “People have to knock on their door once a day,” he said. “Very stressed about manpower.”
The statement will also allow officials to bypass sales regulations if necessary.
Still, there are signs that the disease is continuing to spread, including two patients in Saratoga County, the first cases outside New York metropolitan area.
On the evening of March 6, an Uber driver in Queens County, New York, tested positive for the virus. This has led to more than 40 doctors, nurses and other medical staff at St. Bishop’s Hospital. John had to quarantine himself because he was worried they might catch the virus.
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