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Coronavirus Cases Increase In New York, Other States

Mar 8, 2020

There are at least 105 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in New York state.

Governor Andrew Cuomo provided details Sunday morning.

There have been 82 positive tests from Westchester County, 5 from Nassau County, 2 in Rockland County, 2 in Saratoga County, 1 in Suffolk County, 1 in Ulster County, and 12 in New York City.

During his visit to the private Northwell Health lab on Long Island, the governor urged the federal government to allow more private labs to test for the novel coronavirus, and to bring so-called automated testing online.

“CDC, wake up. Let the states test. Let the private labs test," asked Cuomo. "Let’s increase as quickly as possible our testing capacity so we identify the positive people so we can isolate them and we are successful in our containment.”

Northwell Health received the go-ahead to begin testing Sunday night. Cuomo said New York could bring on an additional six private labs to perform testing if approved.

Commenting on the first case in Ulster County, County Executive Pat Ryan says the person recently traveled to France and got tested after showing symptoms. They are currently under quarantine.

The city of Saratoga Springs says the two individuals confirmed to have contracted the coronavirus after attending a conference in Miami are in self-quarantine and are receiving support as needed from the city and county. 

Washington County, New York is monitoring three individuals believed to have come into contact with a person who tested positive for the virus. 

The New York State Depratment of Health COVID-19 hotline is 1-888-364-3065.

After a Berkshire County man in his 60s tested positive for Coronvirus over the weekend, Berkshire Health Systems has opened a hotline to answer questions about COVID-19.  The hotline is open from 7 am to 7 pm, 7 days a week at 855-262-5465. 

Vermont has announced its first case of the novel coronavirus. The Department of Health says on its website: 

The Health Department is closely monitoring the rapid developments in the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus, COVID-19. Vermont is responding to protect and support Vermonters. While the immediate risk of this new virus to the American public is believed to be low at this time, everyone can do their part to help us respond to this emerging public health threat. Check this site often for updated information and guidance.