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Tuesday, April 7
9:45 a.m. The Hospital Association of New York State (HANYS), a group that represents public hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare organizations, said today it has worked out an agreement with Gov. Cuomo on the distribution of ventilators and other supplies to more needed areas. Cuomo said he would issue an executive order allowing the state to take 20% of a facility's unused ventilators and supplies and redistribute them to other facilities that need them more. The move drew heavy criticism from upstate lawmakers, saying many facilities don't have extra ventilators or supplies. Now, HANYS says it has "coordinated a voluntary effort to redeploy available ventilators to regions where they are needed. Hospitals in regions with limited COVID-19 cases at this time are identifying ventilators, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and bi-level positive airway pressure (BiPAP) machines they could rapidly redeploy if called upon. The identified equipment will remain in place until redeployment is needed. If redeployment occurs, HANYS will work with providers to rapidly geo-code and transport equipment. The sending hospital will be notified of the location of its ventilators when they reach their destination to facilitate a smooth return."
6:30 a.m. Good morning. We'll have live video of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's briefing later today, as well as briefings from Onondaga and Oneida counties, both scheduled for 3 p.m. In the meantime, here are a few top stories.
- Gov. Andrew Cuomo has extended the closure of schools and nonessential businesses in the state until at least April 29, cases of the coronavirus continue to increase. Cuomo said yesterday he's hopeful that data is starting to show the number of deaths and hospitalizations leveling off, suggesting the state could be at or near the apex, but he says it's still too soon to know for sure. Cuomo is also increasing the fines for people not following social distancing rules to up to $1,000, and he wants local governments to step up enforcement.
- Onondaga County's positive cases are up to 377. Starting today, a voluntary shelter-in-place order goes into effect until April 21. County Executive Ryan McMahon is asking people to go out for essential items and use county parks on alternating days based on your birth year. He says is enough people participate, it could get the county to 50% social distancing.
We'll have more updates throughout the day. Stay tuned.
Monday, April 6
3:12 p.m. McMahon says the county's "grade" on social distancing is getting worse. "Our data shows that two weeks ago, we were getting a 'B" and now we're at a 'C-." he said. McMahon says his shelter in place order cannot be mandatory because he doesn't have the authority to order a mandatory shelter in place. He said the voluntary shelter in place does not mean people have to stay locked in their homes. He says if people went out on alternate days, the county's social distancing score would improve. "We believe if we can do this, and modify our behavior for two weeks, we'll get ourselves to that 50% social distancing. That will help us, when we're identifying positive cases through testing, we're quarantining and then we're starving out the virus. We can't do this alone, we need your help. So please do this on a voluntary basis."
3:03 p.m. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon says there are now 377 positive cases of COVID-19 in the county, 13 more than yesterday. 29 are hospitalized, 17 in critical condition. 115 people have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
Breakdown of cases, by age:
- Teens: 11
- 20s: 83
- 30s: 59
- 40s: 53
- 50s: 72
- 60s: 54
- 70s: 30
- 80s: 13
- 90s: 2
3:02 p.m. Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente is giving his daily briefing. Watch live:
2:55 p.m. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon will hold his daily briefing at 3 p.m. Watch live:
2:20 p.m. The Onondaga County Sheriff's Department is sending some thanks to healthcare workers across the county, for the work they're doing on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. Two patrol cars have been covered in messages for healthcare workers written from members of the sheriff's department. The cars will be parked outside Syracuse hospitals this week.
1:30 p.m. In addition to schools and nonessential businesses being closed until at least April 29, the state Board of Regents said today it was canceling all Regents exams scheduled for this June. Regents exams are required for students to graduate. It's unclear how the cancellation of exams will affect graduation. More details are expected to be released tomorrow.
12:23 p.m. Cuomo says people are still not following social distancing protocols, especially in New York City. "Now is not the time to be lax. It is a mistake," he said. "We all have a role in this. We have to respect the role we play, because the role we play is a societal obligation. I want local governments to enforce social distancing rules. I want to be more aggressive on the enforcement, because people are violating it more than before." Cuomo will increase the fine for violating the social distancing protocol from $500 to $1,000.
12:20 p.m. Cuomo says he is extending "New York Pause." All schools and nonessential businesses in the state will remain closed until at least April 29. "I know that's a negative for many many reasons. But I'm not going to choose between public health and economic activity," he said.
12:17 p.m. Cuomo said he plans to call President Trump this afternoon to request the Navy ship USNS Comfort, which currently does not see patients with COVID-19, to allow those with COVID-19 to be treated on the ship. "We don't need the Comfort for non-COVID cases," Cuomo said.
12:12 p.m. Gov. Cuomo has been saying for the last few weeks, that the state will likely need 110,000 hospital beds to treat those with COVID-19. His staff now says projections are coming in less than that, potentially because of the effect of social distancing. Jim Malatras, assistant to the governor, says "The data suggests we are potentially at the apex or at the beginning of the apex at this moment." Cuomo says there still isn't enough data yet to tell if that is indeed the case, but they are hopeful.
12:10 p.m. New numbers from Gov. Cuomo: 130,689 people in New York have tested positive for COVID-19. 16,837 people are currently hospitalized, 4,504 in ICU. 4,758 have died. Cuomo says the number of deaths and hospitalizations has stayed level the last few days. "None of this is good news, but this possible flattening of the curve is better than the increases we've been seeing," he said.
11:30 a.m. Gov. Andrew Cuomo will hold his daily briefing at noon. Watch live below (Video player will appear once the briefing begins).
9:15 a.m. A new poll out this morning from Siena College show just how much the coronavirus is affecting daily life in New York. 87% of the people polled said that the virus was having a somewhat or very significant impact on their daily lives. 95% of respondents said they are either quarantined or practicing social distancing. 4% said they were going about life as usual. See more details on the poll here.
6:00 a.m. Good morning. As usual, we'll have live video of Gov. Cuomo's briefing later today and Onondaga County's briefing at 3 p.m. In the meantime, here are a few top stories:
- Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon is asking county residents to voluntarily shelter in place for two weeks, starting tomorrow and lasting through April 21. He also ordered public and private golf courses in the county closed starting this evening. The number of cases of COVID-19 in the county is up to 364, with five deaths.
- 'Glimmer of hope': Gov. Cuomo said yesterday that the number of new deaths and hospitalizations dropped from the previous day. He said it's too early to tell if this is significant, or just "a blip." The number of positive cases in the state is over 122,000 with more than 4,000 deaths.
- Upstate Medical University in Syracuse is part of a nationwide emergency clinical trial that would use the blood plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19 in people who are still sick with the disease. The idea is that people who have recovered have developed antibodies against COVID-19, which could help treat people who are sick.
We'll have more updates throughout the day. Stay tuned.
Sunday, April 5
6:00 p.m. Tompkins County health officials say an employee at the Wegmans in Ithaca has tested positive for the coronavirus. They are asking anyone who visited the coffee shop at the Wegmans store on S. Meadow St. in Ithaca between Monday, March 23 and Saturday, April 4 to do the following:
- Get tested at the Cayuga Health testing site located in the parking lot of the The Shops at Ithaca Mall. Call 607-319-5708 to pre-register.
- Self-quarantine for 14 days from the last date you shopped at the Wegmans coffee shop.
- Monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough and shortness of breath.
3:15 p.m. McMahon is asking county residents to shelter in place for the next two weeks. This is a voluntary order. He said people born in an even year can go out and get essential items and take walks on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. People born in an odd year can go out on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Sundays will alternate. "This is a voluntary process, but it's a necessary one" McMahon said. "If we want to get back to normal, get back to work, get back to school, we need to flatten the curve. And this will help with that. And I need your help."
3:10 p.m. McMahon says he is ordering all public and private golf courses in the county closed due to COVID-19. State-run golf courses are not included in this order. " We need your buy-in and your sacrifice right now," McMahon said.
3:02 p.m. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon says there are now 364 cases of COVID-19 in the county, and the county has announced its fifth. A man in his 60s with underlying health issues. 28 people are hospitalized, 17 are in critical condition. "These are individuals are in a fight, and we need to pray for them," McMahon said. 113 people have recovered and been released from mandatory isolation.
Breakdown of cases, by age:
- Teens: 11
- 20s: 79
- 30s: 57
- 40s: 53
- 50s: 67
- 60s: 53
- 70s: 29
- 80s: 13
- 90s: 2
2:55 p.m. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon will hold a briefing at 3 p.m. Watch live:
11:55 a.m. Onondaga County health officials say there has been a potential expsure of the coronavirus at several locations around the county, due to employees at businesses who have tested positive. People who were at the following businesses at the times listed should watch for possible symptoms, including fever, cough and/or shortness of breath.
Walgreens at 4001 S. Salina Street, Syracuse, NY 13205 on the following days:
- 3/27/2020 7:50 AM-4:40 PM
- 3/28/2020 7:30 AM – 5:45 PM
- 3/30/2020 7:50 AM – 5:10 PM
- 3/31/2020 1:05 PM – 9:15 PM
Walgreens at 4751 Onondaga Boulevard, Syracuse, NY 13219 on the following days:
- 3/27/2020 1:00 PM-9:00 PM
- 3/28/2020 1:00 PM -9:00 PM
- 3/30/2020 1:00 PM-8:00 PM
- 3/31/2020 1:00 PM -3:00 PM
Kinney Drugs at 437 Electronics Parkway, Liverpool, NY 13088 on the following days:
- 3/27/2020 7:00 AM-3:00 PM
- 3/29/2020 5:00 AM-11:00 AM
Hallinan’s Wine and Liquor at 3504 W Genesee Street #2027, Syracuse, NY 13219 on the following days:
- 3/30/2020 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
- 3/31/2020 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Onondaga County Health Commissioner Dr. Indu Gupta explained that, “We are in the process of identifying all close contacts of these individuals and notifying them. Anyone who visited these businesses during the identified time periods should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing for 14 days after they visited the store. If symptoms do develop, stay home and call your doctor for further guidance about testing. If you are elderly, have underlying medical conditions, or are immunocompromised, call your doctor early even if your illness is mild. In an emergency call 911.”
11:38 a.m. Cuomo says the state has not taken any ventilators from other areas of the state. "I just want to know where they are, in case we need them," he said. He said the state only wants 20% of a facility's unused ventilators, which he estimates at 500 statewide.
11:36 a.m. Cuomo says the executive order he will sign allowing the state to redeploy ventilators and supplies to where they are more needed has not been released yet because he needs to add to it, and extend a few policies. But he said no one area of the state can handle the pandemic alone. "As long as I'm governor of the state, we won't lose a life if we can prevent it. We're not going to lose a life because we didn't share resources among ourselves," he said.
11:25 a.m. Cuomo has said this before, but he believes things will return to normal once there is a widespread, approved, rapid testing program that can be brought to scale. "And we are testing this right now," Cuomo said.
11:16 a.m. Cuomo says the state's healthcare facilities over overburdened and over capacity. He says all hospitals in the state should switch to a surge and flex system. He says if one hospital becomes overwhelmed, the patient load should go to another hospital. He also says hospitals should share supplies, says there should be a national deployment of resources. "There's not enough in the federal stockpile to supply New York and California and Illinois," he said. He says states should shift their resources to New York and then the state gets past the curve, New York will send resources to other states.
11:15 a.m. Cuomo says the number of people hospitalized in the last day has dropped. He says based on the data, New York may be at the apex, or near the apex, or at a plateau, but we won't know for sure for another few days.
11:10 a.m. New numbers from Gov. Cuomo: 122,031 positive cases of COVID-19 in New York, 16, 479 people currently hospitalized, 4,376 people in ICU. 4,159 people have died.
10:50 a.m. Gov. Andrew Cuomo will give his daily briefing at 11 a.m. Watch live (video will appear below once the briefing begins).
7:00 a.m. Good morning. We'll have video of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's daily briefing here once it begins later today. We'll also have live video of Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon's daily briefing at 3 p.m. In the meantime, here are a few of yesterday's top stories.
- President Trump offered a grim assessment of the next few weeks, saying "one of the toughest weeks is ahead" and "there's going to be a lot of death, unfortunately." The number of deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S. has been doubling about every three days. More than 8,500 have died over the last 5 weeks. But Trump also argued that the country should be re-opened soon. "At a certain point, some hard decisions are going to have to be made," he said.
- The number of cases of COVID-19 in New York continues to rise rapidly. More than 113,000 have tested positive and more than 3,500 have died in the state, most in New York City. Meanwhile, Gov. Cuomo said he had secured more than 1,100 ventilators from China and the state of Oregon.
- Onondaga County reported its fourth death due to COVID-19. A man in his late-80s with underlying health conditions died after contracting the disease. As of yesterday, there were 349 positive cases in the county. Check the map above for positive cases around the region.
Keep checking back, as we'll have more updates throughout the day.
Saturday, April 4
7:15 p.m. Some hopeful news this evening. State Sen. James Seward, who had been in a medically induced coma and on a ventilator after testing positive for COVID-19, was been taken off the ventilator this evening. Seward, who represents parts of central New York and the Mohawk Valley, south through the Catskills, has been going through treatments for cancer.
Some very good news this evening. Senator Seward is no longer on a ventilator. All the well wishes mean so much. Keep @SenatorSeward and his family in your prayers.
— Jeff Bishop (@JeffBishop87) April 4, 2020
3:40 p.m. Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente is giving his daily briefing. Watch live:
3:02 p.m. Earlier today, Onondaga County officials announced the fourth death in the county, a man in his late-80s who had underlying medical conditions. In addition, there are now 349 cases of COVID-19, 29 people are hospitalized, 14 are in critical condition. As of today, there are more than 100 people who have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation. 55% of cases are in people under the age of 50.
Breakdown of cases, by age:
- Teens: 10
- 20s: 76
- 30s: 55
- 40s: 52
- 50s: 62
- 60s: 51
- 70s: 28
- 80s: 13
- 90s: 2
2:55 p..m. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon will give his daily briefing at 3 p.m. Watch live:
11:17 a.m. Cuomo says the state is asking hospitals and medical facilities to give up 20% of their unused stock of ventilators. He says that equals about 500 ventilators. "500 ventilators is a significant number right now," he said. China is also sending 1,000 ventilators to New York, that will arrive today. And Cuomo says the state of Oregon is sending 140 ventilators to New York. Cuomo calls it "a very kind gesture." He says Oregon isn't expected to see an apex of cases until mid-May. "Their curve is later than ours. We will return their 140 ventilators and we will return it double. Stop the fire in New York. Kind, generous, smart," Cuomo said.
11:08 a.m. Cuomo says he will sign an executive order allowing medical students who will graduate to begin practicing medicine now. "We need doctors," he said.
11:06 a.m. Cuomo says one bit of good news is that two-thirds of people hospitalized with COVID-19 are discharged. He says one area of concern for him is Long Island. A bigger percentage of people being hospitalized is taking place on Long Island.
11:02 a.m. New numbers from Gov. Cuomo: 113,704 people in New York is up to 113, 704. 15,905 people are currently hospitalized, 4,126 are in ICU. 3,565 people have died in New York as a result of COVID-19.
10:55 a.m. Gov. Andrew Cuomo will give his daily briefing at 11 a.m. Watch live below (Live video will appear once the briefing begins).
8:00 a.m. There's not much to do these days, since just about everything is closed, but one thing you can do is get outside and take a walk. The city of Syracuse is taking some steps to allow people to get outside and maintain social distancing. The city has started a "Weekend Walks in the Parks" program. The city will close roads at four city parks starting today to allow people more room to walk. Roads at Upper Onondaga Park, Thornden Park, Lincoln Park, and Burnet Park from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. More information can be found here.
7:00 a.m. Good morning. Gov. Andrew Cuomo will hold a briefing later today, as will Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon and Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente. We'll post live video feeds of their briefings when they become available. Meanwhile, here are a few top stories from yesterday.
- The number of people in the state with the coronavirus is over 100,000 and the number of deaths is not over 3,000. Gov. Cuomo issued an executive order yesterday allowing the state to take ventilators and personal protective equipment (PPE) from upstate hospitals and distribute them downstate where they are needed. The order drew heavy criticism from upstate lawmakers and officials.
- The CDC is now recommending that people consider wearing a cloth or fabric face mask when going out in public, especially to places where there are other people, like grocery stores. President Trump downplayed the recommendation yesterday, saying it is voluntary and that he will not be doing so.
We'll post updates throughout the day. Be sure to check the map above for the latest number of positive cases around the region.
Friday, April 3
3:15 p.m. McMahon says he has not heard from the governor's office yet that they need ventilators or PPE, but said the state didn't have much equipment to spare. "I need to see the governor's executive order. We don't have surplus, we definitely don't have a surplus of PPE."
3:07 p.m. Picente said he and a number of other elected officials are "concerned" about Gov. Cuomo's executive order allowing the state to take ventilators and other supplies to areas that need it more.
Picente says there is another COVID-19 related death in the county. It's the second death in the county related to the disease. He says the number of positive cases in the county is up to 79, 11 more than yesterday.
3:05 p.m. Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente is giving his daily briefing. Watch below:
3:03 p.m. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon says there are now 322 positive cases of COVID-19, up 21 since yesterday. 26 people are hospitalized, 15 are in critical condition. 56% of cases involve people under the age of 50.
Breakdown of cases, by age:
- Teens: 10
- 20s: 67
- 30s: 53
- 40s: 49
- 50s: 58
- 60s: 47
- 70s: 24
- 80s: 12
- 90s: 2
2:55 p.m. Watch Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon's daily briefing here:
2:45 p.m. We have a number of briefings coming up in the next hour. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon will brief at 3 p.m., Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente will also brief at 3, and Oswego County officials will hold a news conference at 3:30 p.m. We'll have live video here, if available.
12:50 p.m. Centro says it is cutting routes across its services area as a result of the coronavirus. The following services will be stopped, starting Monday:
Starting Monday, April 13, Centro will shift all Onondaga County routes, including the city of Syracuse to the following:
Monday-Saturday: Saturday schedule
Sunday: Sunday schedule
Centro's Call-A-Bus and Senior Shopper bus services will remain unchanged.
11:41 a.m. Cuomo says the U.S. Navy doesn't want to have patients with COVID-19 on the USNS Comfort because of the difficulty disinfecting the ship. The New York Times reported that there are only about 20 patients on board the ship.
11:35 a.m. Cuomo says they will contact upstate hospitals to see what their supplies of ventilators and PPE look like, and they won't just take all supplies. "We're not going to take everything. But if you have a five month supply of masks, you don't need a five month supply right now. Keep one month supply, give me a four month supply and you'll be reimbursed." When asked if he's worried about being sued by hospitals for taking equipment and supplies, Cuomo says "If they want to sue me for saving lives, let them."
11:30 a.m. State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker says New Yorkers shouldn't need to wear face masks in public, unless they're sick. He said there isn't data to suggest wearing a medical grade mask for people who are not sick, but says "We continue to look at the data all the time and we're examining that."
11:15 a.m. Cuomo says he is signing an executive order allowing the state to take ventilators and PPE from institutions that don't need them now, and redeploy them to areas that do. Cuomo said that institution will either get their ventilators back or will be reimbursed for the cost. "I apoligize for the hardship those institutions. But I'm not going to let people die because there aren't enough ventilators," Cuomo said. He said the National Guard is being deployed to pick up equipment.
11:09 a.m. Cuomo is pleading with companies to make personal protective equipment (PPE), like masks, gowns and face shields. "It's unbelieveable to me that in the United States of America we can't make these materials," Cuomo said. "It can't be that companies in this state and country can't transition to make these materials."
11:06 a.m. Gov. Cuomo starts his briefing with some sobering numbers. New York now has more than 100,000 cases of COVID-19. 102,863 people in the state have the disease. 14,810 people are currently hospitalized, 3,731 in ICU. 2,935 people have died.
10:45 a.m. Gov. Andrew Cuomo will give his daily briefing at 11 a.m. Watch live here (live video will appear once the briefing begins).
7:00 a.m. Good morning. We'll post live video of Gov. Cuomo's briefing when it starts later today. We'll also have video of briefings from Onondaga and Oneida counties this afternoon. Here are a few top stories from yesterday:
- Onondaga County officials announced two new deaths yesterday due to the coronavirus. A woman in her 60s and a man in his 80s, both with underlying medical issues, contracted the virus and died. 301 people in the county have tested positive.
- Gov. Cuomo said yesterday the state could exhaust its supply of ventilators in six days if the number of critical cases of COVID-19 continues at its current rate. More than 3,300 people in the state are hospitalized in intensive care.
- The city of Oswego is banning nonessential travel and closing playgrounds and other facilities to slow the spread of the virus. Oswego County health officials also said yesterday there was a potential exposure at the Kinney Drugs in Pulaski, where an employee tested positive. Anyone who was at that store March 26 after 9 a.m. should watch for symptoms until April 9.
We'll have more updates throughout the day. Stay tuned.
Thursday, April 2
6:00 p.m. Onondaga County officials say a third person has died from the coronavirus in the county. In a statement, Onondaga County Health Commissioner Dr. Indu Gupta said the person was a male in his 80s with "significant underlying health issues." More than 300 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in the county.
4:05 p.m. Oswego County health officials say an employee of the Kinney Drugs store in Pulaski has tested positive for COVID-19, and say anyone who visited the store on Thursday, March 26 after 9 a.m. may have been exposed. Anyone who was at the store on that day should watch for possible symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough, shortness of breath or gastrointestinal illness until April 9.
3:45 p.m. Centro reported Thursday that a second employee has tested positive. The employee is a bus driver who last worked on Friday, March 27. Centro officials say the employee drove a Centro bus on the following routes:
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
5:15pm – 7:10pm 262X Fayetteville Manlius & 162 Fayetteville Manlius
Friday, March 27, 2020
4:15pm – 7:40pm 254 Midland Ave & 52 Court St
Anyone who rode a bus on those routes on those days and times should watch for symptoms.
3:07 p.m. McMahon said an employee at the Tops Market on West Seneca St. in Manlius has tested positive for COVID-19, and customers may have been exposed to the virus. He said the store has been deep cleaned and employees notified. Any customer who was at that store on March 26 from 6 a.m.-1:10 p.m. or March 27 from 6 a.m. - 11 a.m. should watch for symptoms. Health Commissioner Dr. Indu Gupta says most of the people who had contact with the employee have been notified, but anyone who was at the store on those days should be aware of symptoms.
3:03 p.m. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon says there are now 301 positive cases of COVID-19 in the county. The county is also reporting its second death in the county. McMahon says a woman in her 60s with underlying conditions passed away.
Breakdown of cases, by age:
- Teens: 9
- 20s: 67
- 30s: 47
- 40s: 46
- 50s: 51
- 60s: 44
- 70s: 24
- 80s: 11
- 90s: 2
3:00 p.m. Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente is giving his daily briefing. Watch live:
2:55 p.m. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon's briefing will begin at 3 p.m. Watch live:
12:05 p.m. Oswego County Legislature Chairman Jim Weatherup says the county has a decent supply of personal protective equipment in stock. But he said the county ordered another shipment of supplies, and it went to the wrong county. "They aren't giving it back, so we're ordering another shipment," he said.
11:55 a.m. Cuomo says the state's current stockpile of ventilators will run out in about six days. Cuomo says he plans to move ventilators from upstate hospitals downstate to help with the shortage. "I have no desire to acquire more ventilators than we need."
11:53 a.m. Central stockpile of supplies will be dispersed on a need basis. Cuomo is encouraging hospitals and care providers not to hoard as supplies will be monitored on a daily basis. “I ask businesses to think about the situation we’re in and a possible opportunity,” Cuomo said. He encourages companies to donate or manufacture personal protective equipment and other components to help aid in controlling the pandemic. He says the state will not only purchase the products, at a premium, but will pay to convert facilities to produce medical-related materials. “It is a state need, it is a national need,” he said. Companies can contact the Empire State Development Corporation for details. The state will pay to convert your facilities to produce these products, then buy those products at a premium.
11:51 a.m. 21,000 out-of-state healthcare workers have volunteered to come to New York state to help during the crisis. “These are beautiful, generous people and New Yorkers will return the favor,” Cuomo said.
11:50 a.m. Every county in the state has now reported at least one case of COVID-19. Cuomo stressed that taking comfort in being a rural community is a false comfort. “It’s not just urban areas, its suburban areas,” Cuomo said. “And we have rural communities that are comparable to rural communities all across this country.” He said, in a way, New York state is a microcosm of the country and what is happening here will happen across the country.
11:49 a.m. New from Gov. Cuomo: Positive cases: 92,381, 2,373 deaths, 13,383 hospitalized, 3,396 ICU patients, 7,434 patients discharged.
11:46 a.m. Barlow is suspending implementation of the city's ban on styrofoam products. It was due to take effect April 22, but will be pushed back to September.
11:41 a.m. Barlow says Oswego Police will begin enforcing social distancing guidelines at stores in the city, and will begin enforcing the nonessential travel ban. "You should not be bringing your entire family to the store every day," he said. City parks will stay open, but playgrounds and other facilities will be closed. DPW will sanitize benches and other areas of city parks. But Barlow said if people still continue to gather, he will close parks. He also asks anyone who sees a nonessential business still open, to contact his office or the police department. He is also closing Wright's Landing Marina until July 13, but the boat launch will remain open.
11:40 a.m. Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow says Oswego County received a 'D' grade for social distancing. "We've done out best to limit interaction, but despite our efforts we still continue to see people out like everything is alright. It is not business as usual," Barlow said. "Social distancing is important and we must do better." Barlow is banning all nonessential travel in the city. "Only essential people going to and from work, going to the store for essential items open."
11:10 a.m. Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow is instituting a new stay-at-home order in the city. He is banning nonessential travel and nonessential outdoor activities in the city, closing city playgrounds and other public amenities, and more. He'll provide an update at 11:30 a.m. Watch live here. (Video player will appear once the briefing begins).
11:00 a.m. Gov. Andrew Cuomo will give his daily briefing at 11:30 a.m. Watch live below. (Video player will appear once the briefing begins)
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7:00 a.m. Good morning. As usual, we'll post live video when Gov. Cuomo gives his daily briefing later today. Onondaga and Oneida counties will also provide briefings around 3 p.m. Here are some headlines:
- The number of deaths in New York from the coronavirus doubled in just 72 hours. As of yesterday, the death toll was close to 2,000. More than 85,000 have tested positive in the state so far.
- In Onondaga County, the number of positive cases is up to 277. County Executive Ryan McMahon said during his briefing yesterday that people should stop "joyriding" on Centro buses. Centro temporarily eliminated fares last week. Centro also announced that one of its drivers tested positive last week.
- There are a lot of nonprofit organizations that need support right now, among them is the CNY Diaper Bank, which distributes diapers to needy families. And right now, demand is outstripping supply. Meanwhile, businesses that have closed because of the coronavirus are looking for new ways to stay connected to customers.
We'll have more updates through the day.
Wednesday, April 1
5:28 p.m. Most counties have updated their numbers of positive cases today. Check our map above and hover over (or tap if you're on mobile) for the latest numbers.
4:35 p.m. Oswego County has allocated $500,000 for coronavirus response. The county also announced three new cases today, bringing its total up to 23. See today's update below. The county has also published an online dashboard, showing the number of cases, tests conducted, people recovered, and more.
3:20 p.m. Centro says one of its bus drivers has tested positive for COVID-19. In a statement, Centro says the employee last worked on Friday, March 27, but contact with riders was limited because riders are getting on the bus from the rear doors. The Onondaga County Health Department is contacting people who may have been at risk of exposure and is asking them to quarantine.
3:05 p.m. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon says there are now 277 cases of COVID-19 in the county, up 28 from yesterday. 27 people are hospitalized, 14 in critical condition. "Sobering data," McMahon said.67 people have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.55% of cases involve people under the age of 50.
Breakdown of cases, by age:
- Teens: 8
- 20s: 60
- 30s: 42
- 40s: 43
- 50s: 49
- 60s: 40
- 70s: 23
- 80s: 10
- 90s: 2
3:00 p.m. Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente is giving his daily briefing. There are nine new cases in the county, bringing the total to 55. Watch live:
2:55 p.m. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon will give his daily brieing at 3 p.m. Watch live:
12:45 p.m. Cuomo says this is going to be a "transformative" experience. "We're never going to be the same again. We're not going to forget what happened here. When will things get back to normal? I don't think it will get back to normal. I think we get to a new normal like we're seeing in so many parts of society right now," Cuomo says.
12:40 p.m. Cuomo says he's still getting reports of young people, especially in New York City, not following social distancing. "It is still a problem." He is ordering all New York City playgrounds closed. Open area will still be open.
12:37 p.m. Cuomo says models suggest 16,000 New Yorkers could die from the virus. But the virus will continue through the country. "It's a New York problem today. Tomorrow it's a Kansas problem and a Texas problem and a New Mexico problem." Cuomo says the only way to slow the anxiety is to have more tests. "Rapid testing, at-home testing would quell the anxiety as well as light a fire under the economy. The testing is going to be the best way of getting there."
12:30 p.m. Cuomo says the models the state is looking at suggest an apex of cases at the end of April. "Another month of this," Cuomo said. He said the models suggest that with minimal social distancing, the state will need 110,000 hospital beds. With stricter social distancing, the state would need 75,000 beds.
12:20 p.m. New numbers from Gov. Cuomo: 83,712 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. 12,226 are currently hospitalized, 3,022 in ICU. 1,941 people in New York have died.
12:15 p.m. Gov. Cuomo is holding his daily briefing. Watch live below:
10:30 a.m. SUNY Oswego President Deborah Stanley says the college will postpone its commencement ceremonies, and will reschedule them to a later date. The college did not announce a new date for commencement, but Stanley says the college will stay in touch with students and let them know when a new date is picked.
9:20 a.m. Sen. Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announce over $2.2 million in federal funding for central and western New York, the Capital Region, Rochester, Hudson Valley, and North Country. The funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and will be used to support health centers providing care to communities affected by COVID-19.
8:35 a.m. Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) has announced new respiratory triage tents now open outside the emergency departments of St. Elizabeth and St. Luke’s hospitals. The triage tents are for patients with respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, congestion, etc.) and will help identify those who have symptoms of coronavirus/COVID-19 before they enter the facility. The hope is to significantly minimize their exposure to other patients and staff.
Note: The triage tents are not for coronavirus/COVID-19 testing.
6:45 a.m. March came in like a lion and left like, well, a much bigger lion. The past month has felt like a year, but it's finally over. Gov. Cuomo will give his briefing later today. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon will give his briefing at 3 p.m. Live video will be here when the briefings begin. In the meantime, here are some top stories.
- More cases, more deaths. Statewide, more than 75,000 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in New York, and more than 1,500 have died.
- In Onondaga County, the number is up to 249. 31 people are hospitalized, 12 in critical condition. Other counties continue to see increases in cases as well. Oneida, Madison and Herkimer counties also announced new deaths due to the coronavirus.
- The coronavirus has had, and will continue to have, a big impact on the state budget. It was due at midnight, but lawmakers are still working to pass budget bills. One thing that won't be in the budget: legalized recreational marijuana.
We'll have more updates throughout the day.
Tuesday, March 31
7:30 p.m. Madison, Herkimer, and Oneida counties all announced new deaths due to the coronavirus today. In Herkimer County, officials said a 73-year-old with underlying health issues died as a result of the virus. Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente said a county resident was already hospitalized with COVID-19 passed away yesterday. No other information was given. And Madison County officials only said a county resident had died. It is the second death reported in Madison County from COVID-19.
4:05 p.m. Onondaga Community College says it will continue distance learning for all classes through the end of the semester. According to a news release, the decision was made after consulting with SUNY. The college says no decision has been made yet about commencement, which is scheduled for May 16.
3:07 p.m. Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente is giving his daily briefing. He says there are eight new positive cases in the county, for a total of 46. he also says the county has reported its first death due to the coronavirus. Picente has ordered all camping and RV sites in the county closed until July 1. Watch live below.
3:02 p.m. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon says there are now 249 positive cases in the county, up 21 from yesterday. 31 are hospitalized, 12 in critical condition. 54% of cases are in people under the age of 50. "These are sobering statistics. This virus is tough," McMahon said. 55 people have recovered and been released from mandatory isolation.
Breakdown of cases, by age
- Teens: 7
- 20s: 53
- 30s: 36
- 40s: 39
- 50s: 46
- 60s: 39
- 70s: 19
- 80s: 9
- 90s: 1
2:55 p.m. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon will give his daily briefing at 3 p.m. Watch live below.
2:25 p.m. Cayuga County officials held a briefing today to say that there are still four confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county, but also to say that supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) and testing swabs are very low. See the full briefing below.
1:55 p.m. Gov. Cuomo today apologized for the delays people are experiencing trying to file for unemployment benefits. The state Department of Labor website has gotten tens of millions of hits over the last week, and the department, which usually gets about 50,000 calls a week, saw 1.2 million calls Monday, and 7 million calls last week. "It is not working as smoothly as I would like to see it," said Cuomo. "It's compounding people's stress. You're unemployed, you're trying to get on some darn website, you can't get on the website. We have literally hundreds of people working on it. I apologize for the pain. It must be infuriating to deal with. The site is so deluged that it keeps crashing because you have hundreds of thousands of people trying to get on the site and it continues to crash" The Department of Labor says when are able to get through and file for unemployment benefits, they will be retroactive to the date the became unemployed.
12:00 p.m. Cuomo is again stressing staying at home. "You want to go out and act stupid for yourself, that's one thing. But your stupid actions don't just affect you. You come home, and you can infect someone else and you can cause a serious illness or even death by your actions. And people really need to get this and internalize it, because it can happen to anyone," he said.
11:55 a.m. "The point is...stay home. You can infect other people," Cuomo says. "Everyone is subject to this virus. I don't care how smart or how rich you are. This virus is the great equalizer." Cuomo talks about his brother's diagnosis. "He's going to be fine. But there's a lesson in this. You go out there, the chance you get infected is very high."
11:50 a.m. Cuomo says "When does this end? When we have fast-track testing. An at-home test, 15 minute testing. That's when people can go back to work."
11:48 a.m. As Gov. Cuomo gives his daily breifing, his brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, announces he has tested positive for the coronavirus.
— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) March 31, 2020
11:45 a.m. Cuomo seems frustrated in his briefing today. "I'm tired of being behind this virus. We've been behind from day one. You don't win at catching up," he says. Cuomo also says there needs to be a "social acceptance" of expectations. "Everyone wants to know whan it will be over," Cuomo says. "Nobody knows. But it's not going to be soon."
11:37 a.m. New numbers from Gov. Cuomo: Total number of cases of COVID-19 in New York is up to 75,795 with 1,550 deaths. 10,929 people are hospitalized, with 2,710 in ICU.
11:10 a.m. Gov. Andrew Cuomo will give a briefing at 11:30 a.m. Watch live below. (The video player will appear once the briefing begins).
10:30 a.m. The state education department is telling school districts that their April breaks have been canceled. Most districts have been doing remote instruction since schools closed because of the coronavirus, but many were planning to take the break week off. New guidance from the education department released yesterday says that "districts must continue to provide remote instruction, meals for students, and child care for essential workers every day between April 1, 2020 and April 14, 2020, even if the district is scheduled to be on spring break during that time."
10:00 a.m. Oneida County is taking a new approach to keeping children and the community busy while people are home during the pandemic. Each morning at 10 a.m., members of the sheriff's department will read a story to kids, and do safety demonstrations. See today's video below.
7:15 a.m. It's official: Every county in New York now has at least one confirmed case of the coronavirus. Seneca County had not reported a positive case until last night. Health officials say the person is in isolation and people who had contact with that person are being identified, and close contacts will be quarantined.
7:00 a.m. Good morning. As usual, we'll post video for Gov. Cuomo's briefing later today and for Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon's briefing at 3 p.m. We'll also post any other briefings from around the region as they become available. Here are a few top stories:
- "Staggering": That's the word Gov. Cuomo used yesterday to describe the number of deaths attributed to the coronavirus in New York. As of yesterday there were more than 1,200 deaths and more than 66,000 cases. He's asking any healthcare worker from across the country not dealing with a crisis to come to New York to help, pledging that New York healthcare workers will do the same in other states.
- Onondaga County's cases continue its sharp rise. The county has 228 positive cases as of yesterday, but the good news, according to County Executive Ryan McMahon, is that more people are starting to recover. He said the county is purchasing $1 million in personal protective equipment (PPE) to help Syracuse hospitals.
- Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul says what's happening in New York City may actually help upstate prepare for the virus, since the peak in NYC is likely to come before the peak upstate. Hear Hochul's full conversation with Morning Edition host Leah Landry.
We'll have more updates throughout the day. Stay tuned.