New York COVID-19 Cases Surge to 44; Dozens Under Mandatory Quarantine Order

The number quadrupled in the last few days; as of Friday, 44 people in New York state are confirmed to be infected

Gov. Cuomo provides an update on the number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases in New York Friday.

What to Know

  • It remains to be seen how widely COVID-19 will spread in tri-state area after 44 people in New York were confirmed to have the virus Friday, just five days after the first local case was reported
  • Twenty-two new cases were added to the total Friday; many of them are connected to the Westchester County lawyer who works in midtown Manhattan
  • New Jersey had thee positive samples that had been sent to the CDC for confirmation; Connecticut saw its first case reported Friday

New York added 22 new coronavirus cases Friday, including four Manhattan cases and more in Westchester County, bringing the state’s total to 44, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced.

Many of the new cases are connected to the Westchester cluster that started with the midtown Manhattan lawyer, the first case of community spread. One of the new Manhattan patients is a man in his 50s who lives on the Upper West Side and is presenting mild symptoms, de Blasio said. The man is married with three daughters ages 8, 10 and 12 — all of whom also are exhibiting mild symptoms, but it wasn’t confirmed if they had the virus. Disease detectives are working to learn more about any close contacts he may have had while contagious.

In Westchester, the ages of those confirmed to have the virus range from 7 to 81 years old. There were also three new cases in Nassau County, all adults.

Overall as of Friday night, there were 34 COVID-19 cases in Westchester, four in NYC, four in Nassau County and two in Rockland County, according to Gov. Cuomo.