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 are uncertain how long the COVID-19 outbreak will last in the United States, and most people have no way of knowing 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.
- More than 5.6 million confirmed coronavirus cases
- More than 354,000 deaths
United States of America
- More than 1.6 million cases nationwide.
- More than 100,000 deaths.
- Labor Department says 40 million Americans are unemployed.
- Federal and state tax deadlines moved from April 15 to July 15.
- Essential workers who have been exposed to virus can return to work if they're asymptomatic.
- Student loan payments waived for six months.
- President Trump signs $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill.
- Mexican and Canadian borders closed to non-essential travel.
- Governors of NY, NJ, CT, PA, MA, RI and DE announce joint regional task force on reopening.
- States announce joint initiative to slow the spread of the coronavirus:
- Only essential services are exempt from social distancing measures, including pharmacies, groceries and delivery services.
- Restaurants and bars may only offer takeout or delivery; no dining in.
- Casinos, gyms and movie theaters closed.
- 366,733 cases statewide, including 198,255 in NYC.
- More than 28,000 likely COVID-19 deaths statewide; about 21,415 likely deaths in NYC.
- New Yorkers required to wear face masks or cloth face coverings when social distancing cannot be maintained in public.
- Cuomo orders flags flown at half-staff in honor of COVID-19 victims.
- State beaches have opened with restrictions.
- Many NY inter-county regions entering Phase 1 of reopening.
- Some regions of the state will resume construction, manufacturing, retail.
- 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 NY/NJ.
- Javits convention center retrofitted to accommodate 2,000 additional hospital beds.
- Gov. Cuomo announces 90-day mortgage relief period for residents not able to make payments; 90-day moratorium on evictions.
- NYC Schools closed through the end of the academic year.
- NYC restaurants, bars may only offer takeout, delivery.
- 157,815 cases statewide; 11,401 deaths.
- NJ enters first phase of reopening.
- Non-essential NJ businesses must remain closed or do business remotely to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
- Gov. Murphy announces 90-day mortgage relief, no evictions.
- 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.
- 41,559 cases statewide; 3,826 deaths.
- Beaches, retail stores and malls have reopened, but with capacity resrtictions.
- Restaurants can offer outdoor dining.
- Phase 2 or reopen to begin on June 20.
- State order to wear masks/face coverings in public in effect.
- Schools closed.
- Restaurants may offer take out or delivery only.
- NYC public schools closed through the end of this academic year.
- Schools and colleges must have reopening plans in place by September.
- New York Public Library closed.
- NY, NJ sports teams can begin practicing again.
- MLB owners approve plan to begin season in July, pending player approval.
- NBA, NHL suspended play until further notice.
- Broadway shows to remain closed through September.
- 9/11 Memorial and Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Museum of Natural History closed until further notice.
- TriBeCa Film Festival postponed.
- Live Nation and AEG Live suspend all arena concerts until further notice.
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