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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.

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NEW YORK (AP) New York state's coronavirus caseload doubled overnight, to 22, as the mayor of the nation's largest city implored the federal government Thursday to send more test kits for the new virus.

The newly diagnosed cases include two hospitalized, intensive-care patients in New York City and a hospitalized man in Long Island's Nassau County, officials said.

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NEW YORK (AP and WXXI)  NY now has 22 confirmed coronavirus cases statewide – 11 new positive tests since Wednesday.

Governor Andrew Cumo says that of the new case, 8 are in Westchester, all mild or no symptoms; 2 are in NYC, both individuals hospitalized  and one is in Nassau County, a 42 year old  man, also hospitalized.

The new positive test results for COVID-19 came a day after health officials in the state announced a cluster of cases connected with a lawyer hospitalized with the disease.  


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York senators moved to strengthen the state's seat belt laws Tuesday and approved a bill that requires backseat adult passengers to buckle up.

The legislation, passed by the state Senate and Assembly, now moves on to Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Current law requires front seat adult passengers to be buckled, but the legislation would force adult backseat passengers to use a seat belt too — a move supporters say will save lives and cut down on the risk posed to buckled-in front seat riders.