New York governor declares state of emergency for New York State as coronavirus cases increase

Posted at 11:42 AM, Mar 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-07 14:42:55-05

The governor of New York declared a state of emergency for New York State on Saturday morning as the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases reaches at least 80 in the tri-state region of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

According to data from the New York State Department of Health, there are now 65 positive cases of coronavirus in New York State outside of New York City. In New York City, there are 11, making the total of positive cases in New York State at least 76.

Two of the newly confirmed cases in New York City are of people who "got off a cruise ship," said Cuomo.

Health officials say the majority of positive coronavirus cases are coming from Westchester County, which is about 40 miles north of New York City.

Cuomo says there have been at least 57 patients who have tested positive for the virus in Westchester County.

Health officials are continuing to remind people that most cases of coronavirus are mild and the overall risk to the public is low.

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, there are at least 376 confirmed cases of the virus in the U.S., as of Saturday morning.