Queens sees one of 13 NYC COVID-19 cases

Gov. Cuomo, center, joined by state Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker, left, and Northwell Health President Michael Dowling, announced March 8 that Northwell Laboratories has been authorized to test for COVID-19 under Wadsworth’s emergency use.

Gov. Cuomo declared New York in a state of emergency on March 7 after 106 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed, making it the state with the second-highest number of cases, following Washington with 140. Thirteen of New York’s cases are confined in New York City, with the first in Queens confirmed over the weekend.

Cuomo said the victim, a 33 year-old man, is in isolation and in stable condition at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway after experiencing pneumonia related to the coronavirus. He had been working as an Uber driver before his test confirmation. His family members are in voluntary isolation in their home despite being asymptomatic. The 41 hospital workers who may have experienced exposure are also in voluntary isolation and are being monitored regularly. The hospital has been provided with support to have additional resources and personnel, and reports normal operations.

“As we continue to see community transmission between people who have no direct connection to travel to one of the affected countries, we are asking New Yorkers to adjust their routines to stem the spread of the virus where they can,” Mayor de Blasio said in a prepared statement. “I cannot reiterate enough that if you feel sick, stay home; we need every New Yorker to do their part to keep their neighbors safe.”

According to a March 9 live CNN count, COVID-19 has infected more than 108,000 people around the world and killed over 3,800. The New York Times reports that the United States coronavirus count has surpassed 500 with 22 deaths.

As a result of growing fears over the novel disease, the stock market plummeted seven percent March 9, according to The New York Times, putting it on track to experience its worst day since 2011. Trading was briefly halted in the morning due to the sudden drop.

On March 8, Cuomo announced that Northwell Laboratories has been authorized by the Food and Drug Administration to test people for COVID-19 in conjunction with the state Health Department’s Wadsworth Center in Albany. Northwell, which has facilities in Nassau County and Queens, began manual testing of 75 to 80 samples per day, but is still waiting for automated testing so that sample testing could increase to thousands per day.

“I want to do more testing as quickly as possible, find the people who test positive, put them in quarantine, etcetera, and let the public know that we’re on top of this,” Cuomo said on March 7 as a guest on MSNBC with David Gura. “We’re handling it and things are under control, right? Number one problem is hysteria and fear as opposed to the virus and I think government can either address that or compound it.”

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stan chaz

I sincerely hope that “the chickens don’t come home to roost”, but if they do, and we get hit hard by the Corona virus, then it will be a result of years of CHC funding cuts by Trump, and his foolish dismantling of Obama’s pandemic preparedness, which included government agencies & expertise that we could sorely use today.

We are reaping the result of Trump’s ineptness, and his handling (or mis-handling) of this crisis as just another political football.

Trump once again put his own political interests above that of the nation, as he called the virus a “Democratic hoax," and slow-walked testing for the virus —allowing the virus to spread among the population unnoticed.

As usual,Trump was worried more about his friends on Wall Street than the people of Main Street. He was worried more about his re-election, then about the health & safety of our country.

“Nothing to see here people, nothing to see - move on, move on, move on”. That crass self-serving sentiment, and Trump’s justified impeachment, will be the epitaph of this one term con-man.

Trump himself is a hoax - being perpetrated upon America.

Trump himself is the virus - that the 2020 elections must cure.


Just for the record, yesterday was ten days after the original article and we have gone from 3 cases in Queens to a few short of 1,000. And these are just the confirmed cases, when there is still a widespread lack of testing. It is clearly highly infectious and many earlier assurances tended to minimize the threat. Hope we can hold our society together.

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