You are reading

17 Cases of Coronavirus Confirmed in Queens; 95 Citywide as Mayor Declares State of Emergency

Mayor Bill de Blasio hosts a roundtable for ethnic and community media on COVID-19. City Hall. Wednesday, March 11, 2020. (Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office)

March 12, 2020 By Allie Griffin

Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a state of emergency Thursday evening as the number of coronavirus cases reached 95 cases across the five boroughs — including 17 positive cases in Queens.

The number of positive cases in the city will reach 1,000 next week, the mayor believes.

“It’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better,” de Blasio said at press conference today.

He said New Yorkers should expect to be dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak for six months.

“This will not be over soon. It’s going to be a long, tough battle,” de Blasio said and added that New Yorker’s lives will be lost in the process.

In the other boroughs, there are 25 cases of COVID-19 in Manhattan, 24 in Brooklyn, 10 in the Bronx and 5 in Staten Island.

Out of the 95 positive COVID-19 cases, just 22 people are currently hospitalized. Yesterday, there were 52 reported cases in the city.

As the number of cases rise higher and higher, the mayor says his office will be unable to provide updates and reports on each case–such as the hospitals where people are being treated and where they are being quarantined.

The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Queens was a 33-year-old Uber driver who is hospitalized at St. John’s Episcopal in Far Rockaway and the second was a 75-year-old diabetic man who is critically ill.

De Blasio said that the upcoming Queens Borough President special election on March 24 will go on as scheduled and urged all candidates to end door-to-door canvassing.

He also suggested that Queens residents take advantage of early voting, from Saturday, March 14 and ends Sunday, March 22, in over to avoid election day crowds.

COVID-19 is transmitted when respiratory droplets from a sneeze, cough or spit of an infected person is transferred directly into another person.

Global health experts advise people to practice “social distancing” and avoid large crowds and close contact with others, which increases the chance of contracting the virus.

Meanwhile, schools, mass transit and hospitals will be kept up and running, the mayor said.

“There are three things we want to preserve at all cost — our schools, our mass transit system, and most importantly our health care system,” de Blasio said.

However, extracurricular activities and parent-teacher conference will be now held online or canceled altogether.

“We are going to do our damndest to keep schools open,” de Blasio said.

email the author: [email protected]
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Crunching the Queens crime numbers: felony assaults across the borough on the rise, burglaries down slightly in northern Queens

Feb. 21, 2024 By Ethan Marshall

The number of felony assaults across Queens increased during the 28-day period from Jan. 22 through Feb. 18, compared to the same period of time last year, according to the latest crime stats released by the NYPD Tuesday. At the same time, the number of reported burglaries experienced a slight but noticeable drop in northern Queens.

Maspeth man faces life in prison for 2020 fatal stabbing in Dutch Kills: DA

A Maspeth man who was caught by transit cops vaping inside a Brooklyn subway station in January is facing as much as 75 years to life in prison for stabbing a Dutch Kills man to death four years ago.

Luis Hernandez, 36, of 56th Street, was arraigned Tuesday in Queens Supreme Court on a seven-count indictment charging him with murder, gang assault and other crimes in the fatal stabbing of a 21-year-old man and the attempted murder of two others in Astoria in 2020.