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Timeline: Tracking the Spread of COVID-19 in Tri-State

Here's what we know so far about the spread of coronavirus in New York and surrounding areas

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What to Know

  • More than 105,000 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the tri-state area; New York state accounts for more than half of all cases nationwide
  • While testing of suspected cases started in Februrary, the first case in NYC was confirmed on March 1
  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other officials have said to expect the number of infected to continue increasing as testing capacity expands

To date, more than 105,000 people in the tri-state area — the lion's share in New York City — have tested positive for the potentially deadly novel coronavirus that began spreading at the end of last year in China. At least 2,050 people in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have died; the five boroughs have been hardest hit.

While states won't give out medical or personal information on those who have contracted the virus, here's what we know so far about its spread, in reverse-chronological order of when the cases were reported:

April 1, 2020

It's been a month since the first case of coronavirus in New York was confirmed. Since that day, more than 105,000 cases were confirmed in the tri-state area. The majority of the cases are found in New York -- which has become the epicenter of the COVID-19 crisis in the United States.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that New York now has 83,712 positive cases and has seen 1,941 COVID-19-related deaths. Most of the cases (47,439) are in New York City.

Due to the continued increase in cases and what he says has been a lack of social distancing compliance by some, Cuomo announced he is closing all New York City playgrounds in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus.

Meanwhile, as testing continues, three Long Island urgent care locations are offering COVID-19 testing that can give patients positive results in as little as 5 minutes. These locations are the first in the nation to offer this type of testing.

March 31, 2020

The day commenced with sobering news: Thousands of new infected individuals in NYC brought the city's total to 43,139 cases, according to the state (however the city's Health Department put the total slightly lower, at 41,771). By the end of Tuesday, New York City had eclipsed the grim threshold of 1,000 deaths, including a child with underlying conditions.

In the five boroughs, Queens had the most COVID-19 cases with 13,869; Brooklyn had 11,160; the Bronx had 7,814; Manhattan had 6,539; and Staten Island had 2,354.

Overall, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the state of New York has 75,795 cases and 1,714 overall deaths to date. Additionally, new COVID-19 hospitalizations in New York state spiked to its highest level yet Monday.

On Tuesday morning, Cuomo's younger brother, Chris, announced he had tested positive for the coronavirus. The governor said his brother will be fine — he's in good shape, he's strong and he's quarantining in his basement, concerned for the well-being of his family.

Later during his own daily briefing, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced that the state had 18,696 total cases and has registered 267 deaths to date.

Connecticut has reported a total of 3,128 cases along with 69 deaths — the biggest jump by far for the fourth-hardest hit state per capita. That's because officials said there were 17 cases over the past two weeks that hadn't been reported to the Department of Public Health, which combined with the 16 new cases reported overnight accumulated for the spike that nearly doubled the state's previous total.

Fines and summonses for noncompliance to directives are being issued across all three states. Some target businesses, others target individuals. Cuomo for days cited a problem with density in New York City playgrounds. On Tuesday, de Blasio announced 10 city playgrounds would be closed effective immediately, saying, "If people do not follow the rules we will continue to shut them down aggressively."

March 30, 2020

The week kicked off with the floating hospital, USNS Comfort, docking in New York City to relieve pressure on hospitals already overwhelmed with coronavirus patients. The ship won't treat people with COVID-19 — rather its 1,000 beds and 12 operation rooms are ready to bolster the overtaxed health care system.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday morning that new COVID-19 cases in the city surpassed 36,000 — and by the end of the day had passed 38,000. The death toll in the city alone was 914 as of Monday evening. The city also announced the first COVID-19 death of a minor, who had underlying medical conditions.

Queens continued to be hit hardest among the five boroughs, with its 12,756 cases representing just over a third of all cases in the city. When combined with Brooklyn's 10,171 cases, the two boroughs are home to more than 60 percent of the city's COVID-19 cases. The Bronx had 6,925 cases, Manhattan had 6,060 cases and Staten Island had 2,140.

Overall, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the state of New York had 68,363 cases and 1,342 overall deaths to date.

Meanwhile, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced the state has 16,636 positive COVID-19 cases and 198 total deaths. Connecticut added two more deaths to brings its total to 36, with the total numbers of cases in the state reaching 2,571.

March 29, 2020

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday said a total of 59,513 in New York State have tested positive for COVID-19. The state has now seen 965 coronavirus-related deaths, up from 728 on Saturday.

As of Sunday afternoon, a total of 8,503 people in the state had been hospitalized, 2,037 of whom were treated in intensive care units, according to Cuomo. A total of 3,572 patients with COVID-19 have been discharged. 

In New York City, 33,474 people had tested positive for the novel coronavirus as of 6:30 p.m. Sunday, and 776 people had died, according to data from the city's Health Department. The additional cases in the city brought the state's total to 60,679.

That total includes 6,250 in the Bronx, 8,887 in Brooklyn, 5,582 in Manhattan, 10,737 in Queens, 1,984 on Staten Island and 35 from "unknown" locations, the data shows. Forty five percent of those who tested positive were under the age of 45.

New Jersey, meanwhile, saw 2,262 new cases from Saturday into Sunday, bringing the state's total to 13,386. A total of 161 people in the state had died as of 1:30 p.m. Sunday, up from 140 on Saturday.

Connecticut reported one additional death on Sunday, bringing the state's total to 34 coronavirus-related deaths. There have been a total of 1,993 positive cases across eight counties in the state.

President Donald Trump extended the voluntary national shutdown for a month - to April 30 - as sickness and death from the coronavirus pandemic rise across the United States.

March 28, 2020

At the request of President Donald Trump, the CDC issued a 14-day domestic travel advisory for non-essential persons. Just hours before the order, New York City reported 155 deaths related to the coronavirus, the highest number reported so far in a single day.

At a news conference Saturday afternoon, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said a total of 52,318 people in New York State have now tested positive for the novel coronavirus, including 29,766 in New York City. A total of 728 people in the state have died, Cuomo said.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, meanwhile, said the state saw another 2,289 positive test results overnight Friday into Saturday, bringing the statewide total to 11,124. Another 32 New Jersey residents died, Murphy added, bringing the number of deaths in the state to 140.

Of the new deaths, seven were in Bergen County, seven in Union County, five in Middlesex County, three in Morris County, two in Hudson County, two in Passaic County, two in Essex County, one in Ocean County, one in Somerset County, one in Warren County and one in Sussex County.

Twenty of the people who died were men, and 12 were female, ranging in age from 30 to 100 years old. Twelve of the 32 people who died had underlying conditions; the rest are under investigation. None of the 32 people who died were residents of long-term care facilities in New Jersey.

Seventy-one of New Jersey's 375 long-term care facilities had reported at least one positive COVID-19 case as of Saturday afternoon.

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont signed another executive order on Saturday with the purpose of providing safe housing options for first responders and healthcare workers.

On Saturday, Gov. Lamont said six more people died since Friday, bringing the state's total to 33. Approximately 205 people have been hospitalized, roughly one-seventh of the state's total number of positive cases: 1,524.

March 27, 2020

New York learned Friday that schools would remain closed for at least another two weeks until April 15, and it's likely that date will be pushed out further if the spread of COVID-19 continues as it has been. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the news from the Javits Center Friday morning, while saying the state was about 21 days away from a possible apex in coronavirus cases.

The number of dead from coronavirus in New York significantly increased Friday morning from 385 to 519. New York now has 44,810 cases, more than 7,000 new. In New York City, 25,573 people have tested positive; 366 have died.

The state needs 140,000 hospital beds but only has 53,000. It plans to meet the shortfall by building another four temporary hospitals, and is working with the Army Corps of Engineers to scout sites. Cuomo is aiming for one site in each borough. The state was also looking at hotels like the Marriott Brooklyn Bridge Hotel, college dorms and nursing homes.

The number of positive coronavirus cases in New Jersey increased by nearly a third from Thursday, rising to 8,825. Gov. Phil Murphy said 108 people have died from COVID-19.

Gov. Murphy also said his office has been in communication with mortgage lenders and would release details of a plan for New Jerseyans on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Meanwhile, in Connecticut, Gov. Ned Lamont announced an additional 279 residents tested positive, bringing the state's total to 1,291. According to Lamont, 27 people have died in the state and 173 have been hospitalized. He also shared the state has completed more than 8,400 tests to date.

By Friday evening, New York City reported an additional 84 deaths since the morning update, bringing the state's total to 603 and 738 across the tri-state. The city's number of positive cases also rose to 26,697.

One of the deaths is another civilian member of the NYPD. Seven-year veteran Giacomina Barr-Brown was assigned to the 49th Precinct Roll Call office. She died Thursday night in her home, according to the department.

March 26, 2020

New York woke up to an increasing death count in the state Thursday, with Gov. Cuomo saying 385 people have now died of COVID-19 in New York, up from 285. He said the growing count was partly due to the fact some people had been on a ventilator for 20 to 30 days without getting better, and they were now dying. New York officials are now considering an extension of the current school closure order, but gave no timeline on the decision or possible opening date.

New York had 6,448 new cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday morning for a total of 37,258 -- this represented half of all United States cases and roughly 36 percent of United States deaths. New York City had 21,393 total and 281 of the state's deaths. A short time after Cuomo's press briefing, though, NYC health officials said their cases stood at 21,873, bringing the state's total to 37,738; most patients in the five boroughs are younger than 50. The city has 30 percent of all U.S. cases and 27 percent of US deaths.

Meanwhile the state was working to set up 1,000-bed overflow facility for each county. The state was still scouting for more ventilators, and for dorms and hotels to host overflow hospital facilities. Cuomo said that was "going well."

Economically, the governor said he was disappointed with the congressional stimulus bill. He said the $5 billion New York was getting was only for COVID-19 expenses and it wouldn't help with the major economic implications of the virus for New York. As a result, the state was adjusting its budget.

In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy said the state has seen nearly a 50 percent increase in positive cases since Wednesday, bringing the number of people who tested positive for COVID-19 to 6,876. He said the people in New Jersey who have died from the novel coronavirus has reached 81.

Murphy reinforced his message about school closures, saying the state will not revisit the issue until at least April 17 despite what some school districts have said. He also announced a change to the testing sites at Bergen Community College and PNC Bank Arts Center. On Saturdays, both sites will only test health care workers and first responders who show symptoms of COVID-19.

And in Connecticut, Gov. Ned Lamont says the number of positive cases rose by 137, bringing the state total to 1,012. Of that number, 125 people are hospitalized, the governor said. 21 people have now died in the state from coronavirus, that number was 19 the day before.

By Thursday evening, New York City reported an additional 84 deaths related to COVID-19. The day's spike in deaths brought the tri-state total to 571, now representing half of the deaths in the U.S.

March 25, 2020

A glimmer of much-needed hope came Wednesday, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that projections show the rate of increase in hospitalization due to COVID-19 is slowing -- a sign that social distancing is working.

Additionally, the State of New York set up a hotline if you need to speak with a mental health professional at 1-844-863-9314.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy began his daily briefing detailing plans for three field hospitals spread across the state, cumulatively adding approximately 100,000 hospital beds. Murphy said an executive order would require daycare centers to provide care to children of essential workers only, or close by Wednesday, April 1.

New Jersey had an additional 736 positives cases as of Wednesday afternoon, and an additional 18 deaths related to COVID-19.

By Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Ned Lamont said the number of positive cases in Connecticut had risen to 875. The number of deaths related to the virus had also gone up from 12 to 19. Lamont said 113 people were hospitalized as of Wednesday.

As of Wednesday night, the state of New York had a total of 32,966 cases, with 20,011 of those cases found in New York City. The number of reported deaths in New York City rose to 280, bringing the tri-state total to 447.

By borough, there were 6,420 cases in Queens (the highest total of any borough); 5,232 in Brooklyn; 3,616 in Manhattan; 3,542 in the Bronx; and 1,166 on Staten Island. As of 6 p.m., there were at least 3,750 people hospitalized.

The NYPD continued to see the number of uniformed officers call out sick as a result of the coronavirus. The department reported that 3,237 uniformed employees were listed on the daily sick report, accounting for just under nine percent of the uniformed workforce. There were nearly 200 uniformed members and 39 civilian members of the department who had tested positive for COVID-19.

March 24, 2020

New York was set to launch a clinical trial for an experimental drug treatment — using the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and the antibiotic Zithromax — and plans to be the first state to try to heal critically ill patients using the antibodies found in the plasma of those who have recovered from COVID-19.

During his daily briefing on Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that the rate of infections doubles every three days — adding that the projected apex of infections could be as high as 140,000 and is less than a month away (anywhere between two to three weeks).

Cases continued their sobering surge, with New York registering 26,348 positive cases by the end of the day — 15,597 of which were in New York City. There have been a total of 271 deaths in New York, giving it the most cases and deaths the the nation.

By borough, there were 4,364 cases in Queens (the highest total of any borough); 4,237 in Brooklyn; 2,887 in Manhattan; 2,328 in the Bronx; and 935 on Staten Island. The NYPD had 211 confirmed positives among members of the department, including 177 uniformed officers. There were also more than 2,700 sick calls within the department, seven percent of all officers.

Meanwhile in New Jersey, with the second-highest total number of cases,Gov. Phil Murphy announced 798 additional positive cases, bringing the state total to 3,675. He also announced the largest single-day death toll: 17. The total number of COVID-19-related deaths in the state is now 44.

Connecticut saw its largest swell in cases on Tuesday as well, with 618 residents now confirmed to have contracted the virus. There were also two more deaths, bringing the state's total to 12.

March 23, 2020

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he is mandating all New York hospitals to increase their capacity by at least 50 percent, although they should aim for 100 percent.

Monday morning, New York reported 5,707 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the state total to 20,857, with the majority of the cases (12,305) in New York City. The city later added hundreds more cases, bringing its total to 13,119 — with the death toll in the five boroughs hitting triple-digits after climbing to 125 by the end of the day. Deaths in the state reached 183.

One of the latest patients to succumb to the coronavirus was the principal of Brooklyn Democracy Academy, DeZann Romain, according to a school administrator's union.

By borough, case totals are as follows: 3,848 cases in Queens, 2,646 in Manhattan, 3,742 in Brooklyn 1,999 in the Bronx and 877 in Staten Island.

Meanwhile, Gov. Phil Murphy announced 935 new coronavirus cases, bringing the state total to 2,844. He also said the state saw seven additional COVID-19-related deaths. The total of deaths in the state now stand at 27.

Connecticut saw a jump in cases as well, going from 327 to 415 on Monday. Two more people died in the state, Gov. Ned Lamont said, bringing their total to 10. One was a man in his 50s who loved in Norwalk and died at the city's hospital. The other was a man in his 70s who lived in Newington and had been hospitalized at St. Francis Hospital before his death.

March 22, 2020

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state added nearly 5,000 more positive cases to its total over the day before -- a direct result of more tests being conducted -- as New York state's new caseload soared to 15,168. The overwhelming majority of the cases are in New York City, which, according to new numbers from Mayor Bill de Blasio's office Sunday night, had 10,764 confirmed positive cases and 99 deaths, bringing the statewide total to more than 16,278.

The positive New York City cases include 3,050 in Queens, 2,324 in Manhattan, 3,154 in Brooklyn, 1,564 in the Bronx and 666 in Staten Island. As of 6 p.m. on Saturday, at least 1,800 people in New York City were hospitalized with the virus, at least 450 of whom were in ICUs, according to the spokeswoman.

Among those sick, 98 were members of the NYPD, according to Commissioner Dermot Shea, 70 of which were uniformed officers. Three were hospitalized.

Next to the city, Nassau County saw the most new cases day-over-day (667 new; total 1,900) followed by Westchester County (486 new, 1,873 total) and Suffolk County (373 new; 1,034 total). At least 114 people in New York have died.

De Blasio announced another 23 prisoners would be released from NYC jails, after previously releasing four people last week, in an attempt to control the rapid spread of the virus in the jails.

In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that there were now 1,914 COVID-19 cases in the state, an increase of nearly 600 from the day before. The biggest increases were in Bergen, Essex and Monmouth counties, which each saw increases of more than 60 cases. Murphy also said four more people died.

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said his state doubled its total number of fatalities, reaching eight after having four the day prior. His state was up to 327 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Sunday, bringing the tri-state total past 18,000. To date, the tri-state has seen more than 140 people die coronavirus-related deaths.

President Trump on Sunday addressed the nation, announcing a number of federal actions his administration was undertaking to assist New York, California and Washington - the three states hit hardest by the growing novel coronavirus pandemic.

Trump says he has approved the Major Disaster Declaration requested by Governor Cuomo. The order brings National Guard troops and approximately 1,000 medical beds to New York, the president said.

March 21, 2020

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced more than 3,200 new cases in the state of New York since his previous briefing, bringing the total statewide to 12,260. New York City has 8,115 cases, an increase of more than 3,000 from the day before. The governor stressed the increase in numbers is a result of more testing capacity. He said to date New York has conducted more than 45,000 tests -- more per capita than China or South Korea and more than any other U.S. state (nearly double the number of tests conducted in hard-hit Washington state and California).

Mayor Bill de Blasio said the number of coronavirus-related deaths rose again Saturday, totaling 60 by the evening hours. That brings the state total to 70, and the tri-state total to 90.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced another 442 positive cases since Friday, bringing the state's case total to 1,327. He also said another five people had died, bringing the Garden State death toll to 16 and the tri-state death toll to 75.

The five latest New Jersey deaths are a man in his 50s from Monmouth County, a man in his 80s from Essex County, a man in his 40s from Bergen County, a woman in her 70s from Morris County and a man in his 90s from Bergen County. Three of the new fatalities are from "post-acute facilities" like long-term care or rehab, Murphy said.

March 20, 2020

As of Friday evening, New York state's COVID-19 cases had surpassed the 8,300 mark, accounting for nearly half of all confirmed cases in the country to date. New York City had more than 5,600 cases, adding nearly another 3,000 cases since the same time Thursday evening.

Just after 9 p.m., a spokesman for Mayor Bill de Blasio's office said the numbers had jumped again since the afternoon, putting the city's new total at 5,683 cases and adding 14 more fatalities, bringing the number of NYC deaths to 43 (53 statewide).

Among the New York cases is a growing number of NYPD and FDNY members. According to the fire department, there were 14 members who had tested positive, with more than 100 in self-quarantine; even more members of the NYPD had contracted the virus.

On Long Island, three members of the same retirement community all died as a result of the coronavirus. All three, two women and a man, were in their 90s with underlying medical conditions, and died within two days of each other. There are 12 others members of the community who also tested positive for COVID-19.

In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the state had added 155 cases overnight, bringing its total to 890. Two more people had died (NJ now has 11 to date). Murphy said he expected the number to rise again by day's end. Across the tri-state area, COVID-19 has been linked to the deaths of at least 53 people.

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said there were 35 new cases in the state as well, bringing the total there to 194. He also announced a fourth person died from the coronavirus.

March 19, 2020

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned the statewide case total would "jump astronomically" after a record number of tests were conducted overnight. They did. As of Thursday night, New York had a total of 5,638 positive cases with 36 deaths (26 deaths in New York City, 3,954 cases).

In the city, as of 5 p.m., Brooklyn had become the hardest hit borough, with 1,030 cases, followed by Queens with 980, 976 in Manhattan, 436 in the Bronx and 165 in Staten Island.

One of the latest positives is a Rikers Island inmate, the first confirmed COVID-19 case among the detainee population. The inmate has been removed from general population and is being monitored, authorities said. The NYPD said 20 members of the department were found to have coronavirus, and the FDNY said 14 members of their departments have contracted the virus. There were also two dozen MTA employees who tested positive, the agency said.

New Jersey added another 300-plus cases overnight and four more deaths, bringing its total as of noon Thursday to 742 positive cases and nine deaths.

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont meanwhile confirmed his state's second coronavirus-related death: a 91-year-old New Canaan man who was being treated at Norwalk Hospital; hours later a third victim was announced. Lamont also announced that 63 more cases of COVID-19 had been found in the state, bringing the total there to 159.

To date, the tri-state area has seen 6,538 total cases and lost 48 people, including four members of the same New Jersey family.

March 18, 2020

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said more than 1,000 new cases had been confirmed in New York state overnight, and by Wednesday evening the state's total came to 3,437 cases. Hundreds of new cases were added in New York City, which has now seen more than 1,870 cases.

Cuomo said more new aggressive measures were likely and added a new statewide mandate Wednesday: All businesses must have at least 50 percent of their employees working from home, though essential services are exempt.

New Jersey added another 162 confirmed positives, bringing its total to 427. As of Wednesday, the tri-state death total stands at 27 -- 21 in New York, five in New Jersey, and the first death in Connecticut.

Pennsylvania will now join that coalition comprised of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and match restrictions originally announced Monday.

The Senate passed a second coronavirus response bill, which would provide free testing, paid family and sick leave, as well as unemployment benefits. The bill will head to President Trump's desk, and it is expected he will sign it.

March 17, 2020

Mayor Bill de Blasio said during an afternoon press conference that the city should prepare for a possible shelter-in-place order. A decision regarding this measure, he added, would be taken in the upcoming 48 hours.

In an earlier press conference, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that it could be 45 days until coronavirus infections peak in the state. By the end of the day, New York had more than 1,600 cases in the state, with more than 900 of those in the city, according to Coumo and Mayor Bill de Blasio. There were also 15 deaths, the second-most for any state in the county, behind Washington.

The NYPD also confirmed that one officer, from the 1st precinct, who has tested positive for COVID-19. The department said there were 31 officers out on sick leave, 17 of whom have confirmed connection to the virus and were awaiting test results. A city sanitation worker and a ConEd employee were also among the new cases.

It was also revealed Tuesday that Kevin Durant is one of four Brooklyn Nets players to have tested positive for the new coronavirus, according to The Athletic, bringing the total to seven known players in the NBA.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said cases in the state shot up to 267.

Meanwhile, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka issued a public plea to find a woman who showed up ill at East Orange General Hospital last weekend and tested positive for COVID-19. About two hours later, Baraka told News 4 the woman had been found and she said she had been in self-quarantine, which the city was working to confirm.

In Connecticut, more cases were found in Fairfield County, with 48 of the state's 68 cases being found there, many of which were likely caused by the same case in Westport.

March 16, 2020

Citing an absence of federal action, the governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut took matters into their own hands Monday and announced uniform tri-state rules to shrink crowd sizes and close a number of non-essential businesses. Gov. Phil Murphy also joined the other states in shuttering schools. Andrew Siff, Brian Thompson, Pei-Sze Cheng and Marc Santia all report.

On Monday, it was revealed that the tri-state area surpassed 1,000 positive cases, and New York was up to a total of 950 cases.

There were two new deaths in the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced, bringing the total to seven there. A 56-year-old Bronx man who worked as an investigator for the city through the Department of Corrections died as a result of a coronavirus infection. He hadn't made any recent visits inside of facilities, and only had contact with one coworker, who is now in self-quarantine.

The other latest was an 89-year-old man who returned from Italy a week ago.

Suffolk County officials also confirmed two deaths. The first was a man in his 80s who had been in isolation at St. Catherine’s Hospital, and the second was a man in his 90s who had been in isolation at Huntington Hospital.

Late on Monday, the FDNY announced that a retired longtime fire marshal with the department died from coronavirus as well.  The FDNY-Uniformed Firefighters Association announced that John Knox, an 84-year-old from Rockaway, Queens, died after contracting the virus. It was not known if he was part of the number of deceased victims reported earlier, or a new victim.

In a press conference, Gov. Murphy announced 80 new COVID-19 cases, bringing New Jersey's total to 178. The state also saw its third death as a result, a man in his 90s who was being treated at Hackensack University Medical Center in Bergen County. In an earlier press conference, the governor announced that all schools in the state would be closed for "at least two weeks" starting Wednesday, and could be closed even longer.

Connecticut saw a spike in cases as well, going from 26 up to 41 — 29 of which were located in Fairfield County.

Gov. Cuomo, Gov. Murphy and Gov. Lamont announced a tri-state effort to curtail the spread of coronavirus by implementing certain measures across the region: gyms and casinos would close March 16 at 8 p.m. until further notice; bars and restaurants would close for sit-down service and will only be open for take-out delivery starting at 8 p.m. until further notice and gatherings of more than 50 people were banned until further notice.

Cuomo also said that after the success of the New Rochelle drive-thru coronavirus testing site, plans are in place for others on Long Island, Staten Island and Rockland County. Mayor de Blasio also said there were would be five drive-thru testing sites throughout the city.

March 15, 2020

Gov. Cuomo announced New York state cases had risen to 729, including nearly 70 new cases since the night before. He also added a third coronavirus-related death in the state, bringing the tri-state total fatalities to five.

The 79-year-old woman, who died at an unspecified New York City hospital on Sunday, had "multiple major underlying health issues" before contracting the novel coronavirus, Cuomo said.

Among the new New York cases: a Long Island Rail Road employee, the MTA said. The employee, who was last at work on March 7, is a sheet metal worker who does not work on trains or interact directly with customers. The worker is in quarantine and his workplace has been disinfected "multiple times," the agency said in a statement.

Gov. Phil Murphy, meanwhile, announced 31 new positive test results since Saturday, bringing the state total to 98, while saying an "extended shutdown" of the state's schools was "inevitable."

The city of Hoboken confirmed another two COVID-19 cases Sunday: a man in his 30s and another man in his 40s. Both individuals are in self-isolation at home and are expected to fully recover, the mayor's office said. Jersey City also announced a new case -- an 80-year-old man who is in isolation. The additions bring the presumptive positive total in New Jersey to 98; Connecticut has 20 positive tests.

March 14, 2020

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced New York state's first and second coronavirus-related deaths on Saturday — an 82-year-old woman in New York City who already had emphysema before contracting the virus.

The woman was hospitalized on March 3, Cuomo said. The case marked the first death of a person in New York state "who had the coronavirus with the underlying symptoms," he noted.

Later Saturday, Rockland County officials reported the state's second coronavirus-linked death. The 65-year-old patient had underlying health issues.

Another confirmed case in NYC was within the parish community at Incarnation Roman Catholic Church in Queens, officials said.

A second death was also reported in New Jersey by Governor Phil Murphy. He said in a tweet shortly after 8 p.m., the victim was a woman in her 50s from Monmouth County.

Overall, the number of positive cases in New York increased to 613 on Saturday, Cuomo said — an increase of more than 100 from Friday. Of the 613 confirmed cases, at least 117 are hospitalized. Mayor Bill de Blasio said later Saturday that one of the new cases included an FDNY member in Brooklyn; that person is not thought to have responded to any calls in the critical period. See the latest tri-state case count here.

De Blasio also said a COVID-19 case had been confirmed at I.S. 27, a school on Staten Island.

Gov. Phil Murphy, meanwhile, announced an increase in the number of positive tests in New Jersey on Saturday afternoon, saying that 19 new cases since Friday had brought the state's total to 69, including at least two dozen in Bergen County.

March 13, 2020

During a press conference, Cuomo announced New York now has 421 cases of COVID-19, including just over 150 in New York City. Of the 421 cases statewide, Cuomo said 50 of them were hospitalized, including 18 in intensive care.

A special education student from the Richard Hungerford School at Staten Island's New Dorp High School tested positive with the coronavirus. That school was closed Friday and will be cleaned over the weekend, with the hopes of reopening on Monday.

A teacher at the Brooklyn Occupational Training center also self-reported having the virus, which tests later confirmed. Officials have since closed the school, and because there are medically fragile students who attend, is was not known when the school would be cleared to reopen.

In the morning, a member of the New York City Council, Bronx councilman Fernando Cabrera, posted on Facebook that his son caught the virus — and warned members of their church, where the elder Cabrera is pastor, to take precautions.

There was also an employee of St. John's University in Queens who tested positive for coronavirus, according to a letter the school's president sent out to employees.

On Friday afternoon, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced that positive cases in the state reached 50. He also said it was an "inevitability" that all schools in the state would close, and he raised the prospect of taking the recommended 250-person limit on gatherings and making it mandatory.

Jersey City saw its first COVID-19 case, a 41-year-old woman who lives downtown. She initiated testing with her doctor when she felt ill, according to the city's mayor. A man in his 40s in Hoboken also was found to have the virus after self reporting, and a couple in their 70s from Woodbridge, in Middlesex County, also tested positive. It was not known how any of the patients contracted the virus.

Connecticut announced it had reached 11 total positive cases by the end of the day, eight of which were located in Fairfield County and three are in Litchfield County. The first selectman of Darien confirming one of the latest cases was a town resident.

In an afternoon announcement, President Trump declared a national emergency in order to open up billions of dollars in direct relief to Americans affected by the coronavirus. It also waives some regulations for health care providers so more patients could be treated.

As of Friday, the majority of New York City public schools remain open. Despite some private schools and universities closing around the city, as well as calls online to #CloseNYCSchools, Mayor Bill de Blasio said that they are going to try their "damnedest" to keep city schools open as long as possible, although he revealed that attendance is down.

March 12, 2020

In an afternoon press conference, NYC Mayor De Blasio said that cases within the city spiked to 95 — 42 more than the previous day. He also projected that there could be 1,000 positive coronavirus cases in New York City by next week.

At least one of the new patients initally appeared to be a Bronx student who self-reported a positive test. The mayor shut down two co-located schools -- Laboratory School of Finance and Technology and South Bronx Preparatory -- for at least 24 hours as a result, but the school later posted on its website that there was no confirmed case.

A Brooklyn College student tested positive for COVID-19, the school confirmed in its school closure announcement. The student was last on campus on March 3 and did not develop symptoms until March 5. The individual is under medical care in the hospital.

Nassau County announced Thursday its cases had increased from 28 to 41. Most of the cases were from Hempstead. Ten of the positive cases were hospitalized, one critical. One of the new cases was an 81-year-old woman in an assisted living facility in North Hills.

Also on Long Island, someone associated with Farmingdale State College was confirmed to be one of the new cases. It was not known if the infected individual was a student or member of the faculty and staff, nor was it clear how they got the virus. In addition to Nassau County, there were 20 cases in Suffolk County.

On Thursday morning, the Orange County Health Department was notified of the first positive test result of an Orange County resident for COVID-19.  The person is presently hospitalized and isolated.

In Connecticut, health officials say the total number of positive cases increased to five. One of the cases is that of a resident in Stamford who returned from international travel tested positive for COVID-19 overnight Wednesday.

In New Jersey, one of the five new cases in Bergen County was revealed to be a 16-year-old girl, according to a county officials. It was not known how the teen contracted the virus.

Additionally, in Jersey City, New Jersey, Mayor Steven Fulop implemented a precautionary 10 p.m. curfew effective immediately for all Jersey City establishments carrying a liquor license in an effort to reduce large uncontrolled crowd turnout as a preventative measure to reduce exposing the public to the pandemic COVID-19.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy also recommended the cancellation of all public gatherings of more than 250 people throughout the state, including concerts, sporting event and parades.

Meanwhile New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the crisis a "public health emergency" and said in order to reduce the spread there will be no gathering with 500 people or more, those below a 500 seated capacity should reduce occupancy by 50 percent. Mayor de Blasio also declared a state of emergency for the city, shutting down large venues like Barclays Center, Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall — all which could be closed into September.

March 11, 2020

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday night that New York City had a total of 53 COVID-19 cases. One of the cases involves a Broadway usher — put in quarantine — who worked at two theaters: the Booth Theater on March 3-7 for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," and the Brooks Atkinson Theater on February 25 and March 1 for "SIX."

No other details on the newest batch of patients were immediately available.

Suffolk County reported another two cases, bringing its total to six, while Nassau County added another nine positives, bringing its total to 28. In Nassau County, the patients live in three communities, with the majority in Hempstead 20.

Additionally, Ulster County announced its second positive COVID-19 case.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced that eight more individuals tested positive overnight — bringing the state total to 23. Four of the most recent cases are from Bergen County, two from Middlesex County and two from Monmouth County, state health officials said. The latest individuals who tested positive range from 17 to 66 years. Of the new cases, two are community spread cases, meaning they have no travel history or exposure to someone who is positive.

Connecticut also announced its third case, a New Canaan resident. The state epidemiologist said the latest case was an older resident of New Canaan, and schools in nearby Westport announced they were closing indefinitely after "a number of parents" came into contact with someone who was thought to have the virus, the district superintendent said.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the most rigorous actions to date to combat the spread in New Rochelle, which he described as the "most significant cluster in the country" and accounts for the lion's share of the surging caseload in the tri-state area. NBC New York's Ray Villeda reports.

March 10, 2020

New York added a few dozen more cases, hitting 176 by the end of the day; of those cases, 36 are in New York City while the vast majority (108) are in Westchester County. Many of the new cases are connected to the cluster in New Rochelle, where the Manhattan lawyer at the center of the web lives.

Late in the day, Suffolk County announced three new cases found there. Two of the patients are men, one in his 20s and the other in his 80s, both of whom were hospitalized. A woman in her early 20s was isolated at her home. It is believed all three contracted the virus via community transmission.

New York also unveiled its most stringent measures yet to combat the surge in coronavirus cases in Westchester County, which include deploying National Guard troops to a Health Department command post in New Rochelle, setting up a satellite testing facility and naming a one-mile, two-week containment area in the city.

Public schools in that containment zone will be closed through March 25; National Guard troops will help clean surfaces and deliver food in that one-mile radius.

Meanwhile, in New Jersey, shortly after 12:30 p.m., Gov. Phil Murphy announced the first COVID-19 related death in New Jersey — a 69-year-old man from Little Ferry in Bergen County. The news prompted the county to also declare a state of emergency.

The man, later identified as John Brennan, had underlying conditions including emphysema, hypertension and diabetes, according to state Health Commissioner Judith M. Persichilli. Although he had no travel history to high-risk countries, he does have connections to New York and could have exposed people at Yonkers Raceway, where he worked.

The man was hospitalized last week in isolation. His condition deteriorated Monday evening at which point he went into cardiac arrest, but was revived. He suffered another cardiac arrest Tuesday morning and passed away.

John Brennan, an employee of the Standardbred Owners Association of New York, died Tuesday after suffering a second cardiac arrest. NBC New York's Anjali Hemphill reports.

Additionally on Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver said that the state received four additional presumptive positive cases in the previous 24 hours — bringing the statewide total to 15. Health officials said that at least two of the cases have known connections to other COVID-19 cases. However, contact tracing continues in order to identify additional possible cases.

Mayor Bill de Blasio also announced that five asymptomatic EMTs are in self-quarantine in connection to the FDNY EMS worker who tested positive the day before. Although the original EMS had contact with 11 patients, the EMS worker wore protective gear when treating those patients. However, the DOH and FDNY will reach out to the patients to undergo diagnostic work. It is believed the original EMS worker contracted COVID-19 from their flight attendant girlfriend, officials said.

Meanwhile, it was revealed that two financial firms in New York — Barclays and BlackRock — had confirmed cases of COVID-19. Barclays confirmed that a member of its staff in its New York trading operation tested positive and has been in self-quarantine since March 3. BlackRock also said their employee, who is asymptomatic, has been in self-quarantine and has been working from home since March 4.

FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro announced that firefighters will not join paramedics, EMTs and police officers on non-life threatening 911 calls as precaution to protect personnel from the coronavirus.

March 9, 2020

Mayor Bill de Blasio started off Monday morning by confirming three new cases in New York City, two in Brooklyn (the first for the borough) and one in Queens.

As the day progressed, government officials announced that the number of coronavirus cases in the tri-state area surged by more than 200 percent since Friday — from 49 cases to more than 150. A New York City 7-year-old, an FDNY EMS worker and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Executive Director Rick Cotton were among the newest patients. The majority of these cases come from Westchester County.

Additionally, on Monday, the Southern District of New York announced, effective immediately, certain people are banned from entering its courthouses, including those who traveled to China, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Iran within the last 14 days and those in close contact with someone who was diagnosed with COVID-19.

In an afternoon press conference, New Jersey officials announced five new presumptive positive cases — bringing the total number of cases in the state to 11. The increase in cases prompted New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy to declare a State of Emergency Monday afternoon.

Among those affected are an 18-year-old from Clifton who is not hospitalized, but who apparently came in contact with a positive case in New York.

Another case is that of an 48-year-old Berkeley Heights individual who is hospitalized at Overlook Medical Center. In that case the exposure came from symptomatic friends who traveled from Milan, but, who -- in an "unusual circumstance" ended up testing negative for COVID-19.

Additionally, a 27-year-old from Little Silver Borough -- who is not hospitalized -- tested positive after being exposed to coronavirus at a conference attended in Boston from Feb. 24 to 28. According to New Jersey officials, 170 conference attendees also tested presumptive positive.

The other cases involve an 83-year-old from Monmouth County who is an inpatient at Bayshore Medical Center and a 30-year-old from Teaneck who is hospitalized at Holy Name Medical Center. In both those cases, the exposure source is unknown.

New Jersey officials also said that there are 24 additional persons under investigation.

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announced Monday afternoon that the Connecticut DPH State Laboratory confirmed an additional positive COVID-19 case, bringing the total number of positive cases in the state to two.

March 8, 2020

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced that a total of 106 people in New York State have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, up from 89 on Saturday.

Of those cases, 82 were in Westchester, 12 were in New York City, five were in Nassau County, two were in Rockland County, two were in Saratoga County, one was in Suffolk County and one was in Ulster County, Cuomo said.

The cases in Suffolk and Ulster counties mark the first confirmed cases of the virus in those two counties.

Rockland County health officials on Sunday, meanwhile, warned residents that anyone who visited 150 Remsen Avenue in Monsey on Friday, Feb. 28 between 11 a.m. and 11:45 p.m. or on Saturday, Feb. 29 between 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. may have been exposed to the two county residents confirmed to have the novel coronavirus.

The health officials also said anyone who visited The Atrium Ballroom at 401 NY-59 in Monsey on Monday, March 2 between 2:30 p.m. and 11:45 p.m. may have been exposed to the virus.

Also on Sunday, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announced the first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 involving a Connecticut resident on Sunday, a resident of Wilton who is being treated at Danbury Hospital.

The resident is 40 to 50 years old and most likely became infected on a trip to California, Lamont said. The person "sought medical care shortly after returning to Connecticut," he added. The CDC is testing the resident to confirm the case.

And in New Jersey, Lieutenant Gov. Sheila Oliver on Sunday said the state had two new presumptive positive cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of presumptive cases to six.

Of the two new cases, one is a 32-year-old man from West New York who is currently at Hackensack University Medical Center, officials said. His condition wasn't immediately clear. The other is a 70-year-old man who lives in Teaneck and is currently in stable condition at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson, according to officials.

March 7, 2020

In New York State, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced 34 new cases on Saturday, bringing the total in the state up to 89. Soon after reporting the new total, Cuomo declared a state of emergency for New York State due to the spread of the virus.

Eleven of the 89 cases are in New York City, 70 are in Westchester County, two are in Rockland County, four are in Nassau County and two are in Saratoga County, Cuomo said.

Two of the new cases in New York City involved people who "got off a cruise ship," Cuomo noted; five "appeared to be community-spread," one of whom is being treated at a hospital in the Rockaways, marking the first reported novel coronavirus case in Queens. The Far Rockaway patient is being treated in isolation at St. John's Episcopal Hospital, the hospital confirmed.

One of the confirmed patients in Saratoga County is a 57-year-old pharmacist, while the other is a 52-year-old woman who was in contact with a "positive person from Pennsylvania" at a conference in Miami, Cuomo said.

Cuomo on Saturday said nursing homes and senior living facilities in the vicinity of New Rochelle had been instructed to "suspend outside visitors."

"Again, the nursing homes are the most problematic setting for us with this disease, so we are hyper-cautious about nursing homes, assisted living facilities, etc.," Cuomo said. "And we're now doing a census of those types of facilities in this immediate New Rochelle area to put that position in place. No outside visitors."

March 6, 2020

For the second straight day, the number of coronavirus cases in New York doubled, hitting 45 by the end of Friday, according to Gov. Cuomo.

Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed a new case in the city Friday morning, a Manhattan man in his 50s, bringing the total number of patients to four in NYC.

That man is tied to the cluster of cases in Westchester County, according to de Blasio. He presented only mild symptoms, and de Blasio said his three daughters were exhibiting symptoms but it hadn't been confirmed if they have the virus.

Over the course of multiple press conferences, Cuomo announced that many of the new cases are connected to the Westchester County lawyer. There were 35 cases in that county alone, along with three more were found in Nassau County on Long Island, bringing the total there to four. There were also two cases found in Rockland County.

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announced later in the evening that the state had its first connection to a case of coronavirus from a nurse who works at hospitals in Norwalk and Danbury. However, the woman lives in Westchester County and is it is believed that she got the virus there, meaning it became New York's 45th case instead of Connecticut's first.

The woman was in isolation at her home in Westchester County. No Connecticut resident had contracted the virus as of Friday night.

Additionally, Cuomo said, as of Friday, dozens of people statewide, including nine in New York City, are under mandatory quarantine (isolation) order -- those people have either: 1) Tested positive; 2) Had direct contact (within 6 feet) with a person who has tested positive; or 3) Returned from a country with CDC travel health levels 2 or 3, the countries in the hotbed of the outbreak, or 4) their local health provider and local health department, or the state's Department of Health, believe needs quarantine.

Cuomo also revealed 4,000 people in the state are in 14-day "precautionary quarantine" — including 2,700 in New York City. This 14-day precautionary measure intended for any New Yorker who has recently returned from China, Iran, Italy, South Korea or Japan but has not exhibited symptoms.

In New Jersey, the mayor of Fort Lee said that the city's resident who tested positive for COVID-19 had no contact with anyone in the city while he was there on March 2, and used a personal vehicle — not public transit — to travel between there and NYC.

The 32-year-old man, who does not have school-aged children, remains in isolation in a medical facility.

The state had two more presumptive cases announced on Friday: a man in his 60s in southern New Jersey's Camden County, and a man in his 50s in Bergen County. Both were hospitalized.

President Donald Trump signed the $8.3 billion Coronavirus response bill into law on Friday.

March 5, 2020

Two more people in New York City tested positive, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on "Morning Joe" Thursday. The mayor said the cases include a man in his 40s and a woman in her 80s. Both patients are hospitalized in an intensive care unit. Neither case has a known connection to travel or to the other previously diagnosed patients in New York, marking what appears to be a fresh instance of community spread.

As the day progressed, Gov. Andrew Cuomo clarified the state's total increased to 22 cases with 11 new positives since the day before.

The majority of the cases were in Westchester County and tied to the midtown Manhattan lawyer whose case marked the state's first instance of community spread, Cuomo said.

Clothing retailer Gap issued a statement later in the night saying an employee at their NYC headquarters was confirmed to have coronavirus, but it wasn't immediately clear if the worker was one of the new cases reported by officials or a separate instance. The employee was not in the Tribeca office Thursday, and the office will be closed indefinitely.

Cuomo also announced that Long Island is now also among the places with a confirmed case — that of a 42-year-old man who is hospitalized, but officials at NYU Winthrop Hospital said the man was improving while in isolation and receiving treatment. It was also believed to be a community spread instance, as the source of the infection is not known.

On Thursday afternoon, New Jersey officials announced the second presumptive positive case of the novel coronavirus in the state Thursday.

The second presumptive positive case involves a woman in her 30s who also lives in Bergen County, the Department of Health commissioner said. That patient — a resident of Englewood, according to the mayor — was treated at Englewood Hospital before being released into isolation at her home. It was not immediately clear if she had been in contact with any others after getting infected, but she had no connection to the other New Jersey COVID-19 case.

March 4, 2020

At least nine people who came in contact with the Westchester attorney were tested positive with the coronavirus.

The man spread the virus to his wife, his 20-year-old son and his 14-year-old daughter, officials confirmed on Wednesday. In addition, two friends of the lawyer were tested positive, as well as one of the friends' wife, two sons and a daughter.

Two friends of the man's son, both students at Yeshiva University in Manhattan, were sent to Bellevue Hospital for testing. Two children of the lawyer's second friend are also being tested.

Also being tested are seven employees and an intern at Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville, where the attorney spent time before he was moved to a Manhattan hospital for further treatment.

All of the new cases are connected to a Westchester County lawyer who worked in Manhattan. His son, also found to have the virus, attended Yeshiva University, forcing the school to close. NBC New York’s Checkey Beckford and John Chandler report.

March 3, 2020

A man in New Jersey was hospitalized Tuesday and he later became the state's first presumptive positive case of the novel coronavirus, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Wednesday.

The patient is a 32-year-old man who is hospitalized in Bergen County. The New Jersey Department of Health is sending the man's sample to the Centers for Disease Control for confirmation. However, despite it not being confirmed by the CDC yet, local and state authorities were treating it as if it were a confirmed case.

It was later revealed that the man has an apartment in Fort Lee, according to the city's mayor, but also has a residence in NYC. He had not been in contact with anyone in Fort Lee in the two weeks before he tested positive for coronavirus.

According to sources, the man may have had some type of contact with one of the COVID-19 cases that had been confirmed in New York. However, New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli denied that claim.

New Jersey now has its first presumptive positive case of the novel coronavirus, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced Wednesday night. NBC New York's Checkey Beckford and Ray Villeda report.

March 2, 2020

As products like hand sanitizers and face masks began flying off the shelves following the first confirmed case, an attorney who lives in Westchester County and works in midtown Manhattan became the state's second confirmed coronavirus case on Monday — and the first apparent instance of community spread.

The 50-year-old man's history doesn't suggest any travel to China or other countries at the nexus of the outbreak, according to authorities. The man, who is from New Rochelle and has an underlying respiratory illness, first experienced respiratory issues late last month.

An attorney who lives in Westchester County and works in midtown Manhattan is New York state's second confirmed coronavirus case — and the first apparent instance of community spread, the governor said Tuesday. NBC New York's Anjali Hemphill and Checkey Beckford report.

March 1, 2020

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in New York City.

The patient, a 39-year-old Manhattan woman, had just returned Iran when she started having mild respiratory symptoms. Cuomo said the woman and her husband are health care workers and they both isolated themselves at home. Her husband tested negative for the virus.

Officials said that she did not take public transit home and they believe she wasn't contagious while she was on her flight. However, the people on her flight and the ride-share driver were notified about potential exposure.

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