Coronavirus Timeline and Updates

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Below you'll find continuing updates on the status of New York's coronavirus outbreak. Newest updates will be posted at the top of the list, descending in time as you scroll down the page.

Latest Updates

Thursday, March 12 at 3:16 PM 📎

Governor Cuomo announces bans on gatherings of more than 500 people, shutting down Broadway shows until April 13th. Most importantly, the St. Patrick's Day parade will also be postponed, an event which would have gathered between one and two million spectators next week.

Wednesday, March 11 at 6:36 PM Amtrak expects heavy losses, service cuts 📎

In a memo from an Amtrak Senior Vice President, the railroad is reportedly suffering losses in the hundreds of millions of dollars and may implement further service cuts. Coronavirus fears have led to a 300% increase in cancellations and a 50% drop in future bookings that the company expects to cost it somewhere in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Earlier this week, Amtrak had cancelled its new non-stop service from Washington D.C. and New York through May 26th, citing reduced demand.

Wednesday, March 11 at 5:09 PM — SUNY and CUNY closures 📎

For the remainder of the Spring semester, SUNY and CUNY will end in-person classes and adapt all classes to a distance-learning model. The move is intended to implement social distancing and delay the potential spread of coronavirus during in-person classes and meetings. The schools' campuses will remain open at this time and both school systems will work to begin distance-learning classes by Thursday, March 19th.

Wednesday, March 11 at 4:34 PM — Stock Market Drop Continues 📎

Stock markets closed down again today, with the Dow Jones Industrial Index dropping a further 1,400 points and all major market indices dropping more than 5%, extending losses and ending more than 20% down from February highs, enough to constitute a bear market.

The losses come after the WHO classified the coronavirus outbreak as a pandemic and ahead of vague talks in the U.S. about a possible financial stimulus deal.

Wednesday, March 11 at 3:05 PM 📎

Latest number of confirmed cases:

  • 121,977 Worldwide
  • 1,135 in the U.S.
  • 216 in New York State
  • 52 in New York City

Wednesday, March 11 at 1:40 PM 📎

The World Health Organization has now classified the worldwide outbreak of coronavirus as a pandemic

Pandemic is not a word to use lightly or carelessly. It is a word that, if misused, can cause unreasonable fear, or unjustified acceptance that the fight is over, leading to unnecessary suffering and death.

Describing the situation as a pandemic does not change WHO’s assessment of the threat posed by this virus. It doesn’t change what WHO is doing, and it doesn’t change what countries should do.

We have never before seen a pandemic sparked by a coronavirus. This is the first pandemic caused by a coronavirus.

There’s been so much attention on one word.

Let me give you some other words that matter much more, and that are much more actionable.



Public health.

Political leadership.

And most of all, people.

We’re in this together, to do the right things with calm and protect the citizens of the world. It’s doable.

I thank you.

— WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Tuesday, March 10th at 1 PM 📎

Sad news that the Bergen County, NJ patient has now become the first death from coronavirus in the area. The unidentified man was in his 60s and had preexisting diabetes, which are two of the criteria that worldwide health experts say puts people in a "high risk" category. Worryingly, the man traveled between NJ and NY and his method of exposure is as-of-yet unknown, despite being one of the earliest cases in the area.

Tuesday, March 10 at 12:45 PM — New Rochelle Containment Area 📎

Latest numbers: During Tuesday's press conference, Gov. Cuomo announced that there are now 36 confirmed cases within NYC and 173 total statewide, with the largest number centered in New Rochelle in Westchester County, where the man who was the second positive case near NYC had traveled into the city and attended religious services before testing positive and going into quarantine.

The outbreak in New Rochelle has now caused more than double the number of confirmed cases within NYC, which led the Governor to call the situation "The single greatest public health challenge we have in the state right now". In response, the state has instituted a "containment area" in a circle around the main cluster of cases seen in New Rochelle. Within the containment area, the National Guard will help deliver food and decontaminate public areas.

Monday, March 9 at 6:30 PM — Stock Market Drop 📎

Financial markets worldwide continue to decline on coronavirus fears and dropping oil prices, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, and Nasdaq Composite indices all dropping over 7%. This was the largest one-day drop for the Dow Jones since October 15, 2008, during the Global Financial Crisis.

Just after the opening bell this morning, the S&P index dropped so sharply that it triggered an automatic protection mechanism that halted trading.

Monday, March 9 at 4:19 PM — NYS Clean 📎

NYS Clean Hand Sanitizer via NY Gov's office on Flickr

Governor Cuomo announced that NY State will manufacture and distribute its own hand sanitizer, named NYS Clean. The hand sanitizer is made with 72% alcohol, smells like lilac, hydrangea, and tulips, and will be manufactured by prison inmates at Great Meadow Correctional Facility in Comstock, Washington County as part of a skills training program. The hand sanitizer will be made available for free, beginning with high-risk areas where it is most needed.

The Governor also announced that the statewide total number of cases has reached 142, with 19 cases within NYC.

Monday, March 9 at 3:07 PM 📎

The head of the Port Authority, Rick Cotton, has tested positive for the new coronavirus. His source of exposure is currently unknown, although he had been working at JFK Airport. Mr. Cotton, who is in his mid-70s, is self-quarantining at home, but was reportedly seen in public just two days ago.

Thursday, March 5 at 1:59 PM 📎

New cases announced by Governor Cuomo have been added to our Health Page, which include one Nassau County patient and 8 additional Westchester patients.

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