The COVID-19 pandemic has arrived in the Tri-State Area and brought with it grave concern for healthcare in the region and draconian measures to 'flatten the curve.'
Each day, federal and state officials report more novel coronavirus infections. Concerns about the spread of the virus have lead to widespread event cancellations and postponements.
As experts warn that this is only the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, people have no way of knowing how long restrictions on large gatherings will last or when they will be able to go back to work.
Here, we will keep track of information from the city, state and federal government as well as news on events in the city that have been affected by the pandemic.
New York State remains in a state of emergency, but MTA service continues on city subways, buses and trains. Non-essential businesses in the Tri-State are have been told to close or do business remotely.
New York City health officials worry the outbreak will last in some form through September.
United States of America
- More than 368,000 cases nationwide.
- More than 10,000 deaths.
- Trump sends National Guard, FEMA and supplies to New York
- CDC recommends crowds be limited to 10 people or fewer.
- President Trump signs $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill.
- Mexican and Canadian borders closed to non-essential travel.
NY, NJ, CT, PA Region
- States announce joint initiative to slow the spread of the coronavirus:
- No business in any of the four states can have more than 50 percent of its workforce report to work outside their home.
- Essential services are exempt, including pharmacies, groceries and delivery services.
- Crowd capacity limited.
- Restaurants and bars may only offer takeout or delivery; no dining in.
- Casinos, gyms and movie theaters closed.
- 130,689 cases statewide, including 72,181 in NYC.
- 4,758 COVID-19 deaths statewide; 2,738 deaths in NYC.
- NYPD has 6,900 officers out sick; 1,700 positive COVID-19.
- FDNY has 3,000 firefighters and EMTs out sick.
- Apex of coronavirus pandemic in NY could come in 7 - 30 days.
- FEMA is sending 250 ambulances and 500 EMTs to the city.
- Mayor de Blasio expects NYC to remain effectively closed until May.
- State data suggests density control efforts are slowing the rate of COVID-19 hospitalizations.
- The Four Seasons Hotel to provide free lodging for medical personnel.
- NYC nurse dies of COVID-19.
- Thousands of retired and private sector healthcare workers have signed up to help the state fight COVID-19.
- State officials believe the peak of the outbreak is still weeks away.
- Gov. Cuomo initiates PAUSE campaign to slow COVID-19 spread:
- 100 percent of all non-essential workers must work from home.
- Field hospital built in Central Park, providing 68 hospital beds for COVID-19.
- USNS Comfort arrives in NY harbor, providing 1,000 additional hospital rooms for non-coronavirus patients.
- Javits convention center retrofitted to accommodate 2,000 additional hospital beds. for non-coronavirus patients.
- Gov. Cuomo announces 90-day mortgage relief period for residents not able to make payments; 90-day moratorium on evictions.
- Schools closed until at least April 20.
- Mayor Bill de Blasio expects city to be effectively closed through May.
- Casinos, theaters, gyms ordered to close.
- Alternate side parking in NYC suspended; meters remain in effect.
- NYC restaurants, bars may only offer takeout, delivery.
- Javits Center in NYC retrofitted to accommodate 2,000 hospital beds.
- 41,090 cases statewide; 1,003 deaths.
- More than 700 NJ police officers have tested positive.
- Gov. Murphy considering travel restriction for people outside New Jersey
- NJ Transit limiting ridership to essential personnel only.
- Non-essential NJ businesses must close or do business remotely to stop the spread.
- Gov. Murphy announces 90-day mortgage relief, no evictions.
- Drive-thru testing open at Bergen County College now available.
- Drive-thru testing open at PNC Bank Arts Center.
- COVID-19 testing is free, regardless of insurance.
- Schools closed.
- All malls, indoor shopping centers and amusement parks closed.
- Governor Phil Murphy enacts statewide curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- All public schools closed until further notice.
- Municipal courts closed for two weeks.
- Motor vehicle commission closed for two weeks.
- 6,906 cases statewide; 206 deaths.
- Stay at home order goes into effect at 8 p.m. Monday.
- Schools closed.
- Gatherings of more than 5 people banned.
- Schools closed through at least March 31.
- NYC public schools closed until at least April 20.
- Schools have begun online learning.
- Mayor Bill de Blasio says city schools may not be able to reopen this school year..
- Archdiocese of New York elementary schools closed from March 16 - March 20.
- New York Public Library are closed.
- Four players on the Brooklyn Nets have tested positive for COVID-19, including former MVP Kevin Durant.
- NBA, NHL has suspended regular season play until further notice.
- NCAA cancels men's and women's winter/spring championship tournaments.
- MLB advises players to leave spring training facilities, delays start of regular season until mid-May.
- Yankees minor leaguer tests positive for COVID-19.
- PGA postpones Masters tournament.
- The 258th annual New York St. Patrick's Day parade scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, postponed.
- 9/11 Memorial and Museum, Metropolitan Museam of Art, American Museum of Natural History closed until further notice.
- TriBeCa Film Festival postponed.
- AEG Live suspends all arena concerts until further notice.
- Broadway performances canceled until the week of April 13.
- Carnegie Hall canceled all performances through March 31.
- Lincoln Center canceled all performances through March 31.
- Live Nation postponed nationwide arena performances until further notice.
- New York Philharmonic canceled all performances through March 31.
- Metropolitan Opera canceled all performances through March 31.
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