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NEW YORK (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state wants to build four more temporary hospitals in New York City before coronavirus cases peak.

The state is seeking authorization from the Trump administration to add 4,000 beds in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens.

Cuomo also said schools in New York state will remain closed for another two weeks until April 15.

Cuomo two weeks ago had ordered schools closed through April 1 as part of the state’s effort to slow the transmission of the outbreak.

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New York's governor said Sunday that he was exasperated that people are still ignoring his social distancing orders, saying he spent part of the previous day watching people clustering in groups and acting like it was just another nice spring day.

"There is a density level in New York City that is wholly inappropriate. You would think there is nothing going on. In parts of New York City, it was just a bright, sunny Saturday," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

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Barbershops, hair salons, tattoo and piercing parlors and nail salons in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania must close Saturday to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the governors of the four states said.

The multi-state order, which also covers hair removal services and related personal care services, is the latest in a series of business restrictions announced by the governors to reduce chances for the virus to spread from person to person.

The businesses must close by 8 p.m. Saturday.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  Gov. Andrew Cuomo tightened work-from-home rules Thursday as confirmed cases continued to climb in New York, an expected jump as testing becomes more widespread. But he stressed that roadblocks and martial law for New York City were merely rumors.

New York has confirmed more than 4,000 cases statewide, which Cuomo said was driven by a dramatic increase in testing. New York has cumulatively tested 22,0 people, including more than 7,500 in the past day.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that all schools in New York state will temporarily close for at least two weeks.

Schools in New York City and most other districts were already closed Monday. Cuomo administration officials say they are closing the remaining 14% by Wednesday.

"If in two weeks, miraculously, everything is fine, I'll reopen every school in New York in two weeks," Cuomo said.

The city's nearly 1,800 public schools will be closed until at least until April 20, the end of spring break, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Sunday.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York state reported its first death in the coronavirus pandemic, an 82-year-old woman who had advanced emphysema, authorities said Saturday.

The woman died Friday at Wyckoff Medical Center in Brooklyn, where she had been in critical condition after being admitted last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

"We've known from the outset that these people are the most at risk in this pandemic, and today's news is a sad confirmation of that reality," the mayor said.


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that health experts are recommending that New York City's venerable St. Patrick's Day parade be cancelled amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The governor told a news conference at the state Capitol that officials would likely make a decision later Wednesday. The parade, scheduled for Tuesday, would draw thousands to Manhattan at a time when officials are trying to reduce large gatherings.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York is closing schools for two weeks in a ``containment area'' centered in suburban New Rochelle, the center of a cluster of cases of the new coronavirus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday.

The state will send National Guard troops to help clean surfaces and deliver food in the area, and the state and a private health system are setting up a testing facility there, Cuomo said. Schools will close for two weeks starting Friday.

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New York state's coronavirus caseload grew another 35% Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

The statewide total rose from 105 to 142, with most cases linked to a cluster in suburban Westchester County, north of New York City. But patients are spread from Long Island to the Capital Region, with 19 in New York City.

The governor has declared a state of emergency to make it easier to respond to the outbreak, and he has repeatedly noted that the case tally is expected to keep rising as more people get tested for the virus that causes COVID-19.

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ALBANY (AP)  The rabbi of a suburban New York synagogue grappling with the coronavirus outbreak has tested positive for the illness, as the number of cases related to an infected congregant climbed higher Friday.

Rabbi Reuven Fink, of the Young Israel of New Rochelle temple, is among the 44 confirmed cases in the state, according to a statement posted Friday on the website of Yeshiva University, where Fink teaches two courses. The state confirmed 22 new cases Friday, doubling the number from a day earlier.