NY Gov. Cuomo identifies New Rochelle as ‘hot spot’ for the coronavirus in New York

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a press conference to discuss the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 in New York State on March 2, 2020 in New York City.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo identified New Rochelle, a city in Westchester county where the first coronavirus patient in the state was found, as a hot spot in New York, which now has at least 106 confirmed cases. 

Cuomo said he’s been in talks with officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about the outbreak in New York, particularly in New Rochelle, which “is a significant hot spot,” he said.

Schools might be closed “for a number of weeks” in the area and that going forward, if a student tests positive, their school will be closed “for an initial 24-hour period” while officials investigate, he said. 

“We have closed the schools now. The question will be duration. We could be talking weeks,” Cuomo said.

The coronavirus, which is believed to have originated in Wuhan in China’s Hubei province in December, has spread to dozens of countries globally with more than 111,000 confirmed cases worldwide and at least 3,892 deaths so far, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

There have been at least 566 cases in the United States and at least 22 deaths, according to John Hopkins University. 

The outbreak has roiled markets and led governments to take drastic actions as it rapidly spreads across the globe. 

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