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Origin of Most New York Cases: Flights From Europe

Study traces source of coronavirus outbreak back to mid-February

(Newser) - Most of the coronavirus cases in the New York City area arrived via flights from Europe, say genome researchers. And it appears that COVID-19 was in circulation in the region in mid-February, about two weeks before the first confirmed case was in the books, report the New York Times and... More »

A Lot of New Yorkers Are Dying at Home. That's a Big Deal

Some say NYC is likely undercounting the number of virus deaths

(Newser) - New York City's coronavirus death toll exceeded 4,000 on Tuesday—eclipsing the number killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11 by more than 1,000—but that number could be hugely undercounting the true number of deaths related to COVID-19. That's because, as Gothamist puts it,... More »

World's Largest Gothic Cathedral Becoming a Field Hospital

Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine can hold at least 200

(Newser) - The so-called largest Gothic cathedral in the world is about to become a coronavirus field hospital. The dean of Manhattan's Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine said Monday that its 600-foot-long nave would be fitted with nine climate-controlled medical tents holding at least 200 beds combined (400 have... More »

NYC Official Shares Contingency Plan: Mass Grave in Park

It would be 'dignified' and 'temporary,' he says

(Newser) - One of New York City's top health officials warned Monday that the city may need to prepare for a "gruesome reality" as COVID-19 deaths mount: the burial of bodies in a city park, with "trenches dug for 10 caskets in a line." "It will be... More »

How the Coronavirus Is Affecting Crime

Certain crimes are down, but a murder-suicide makes headlines in Chicago

(Newser) - Police say a Chicago man killed his wife and then turned the gun on himself because he believed they both had the coronavirus, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Officers found Patrick Jesernik, 54, and Cheryl Schriefer, 59, on Thursday night, lying dead in their home on Bruce Road. Family told them... More »

All New Yorkers Urged to Wear Face Masks

'When you put on that face covering, you’re protecting everyone else'

(Newser) - Mayor Bill de Blasio has urged all New York City residents to wear face masks when they go out in public—even if they have to make the masks themselves. "It doesn’t have to be fancy to work. It can be real homegrown," the mayor said Thursday,... More »

'Disgraceful': Amazon Fires Walkout Organizer

Company claims he visited warehouse after possible exposure to COVID-19

(Newser) - Amazon says it fired an employee at its Staten Island warehouse after "multiple warnings for violating social distancing guidelines." But Bill de Blasio isn't so sure. The New York City mayor has asked the city's human rights commissioner to investigate Christian Smalls' claim that he was... More »

Uproar After Influencer Flees NYC in RV

Naomi Davis of 'Love Taza' took off, drove her family across the country

(Newser) - A popular New York City parenting blogger and social media influencer decided she couldn't handle an indefinite period of quarantine in her Upper West Side home with her husband and five kids, so the family rented an RV and got the heck out of town Friday—just one day... More »

Central Park's Newest Addition: a Field Hospital

Also, a Navy medical ship docks in NYC to provide additional support

(Newser) - Two more tangible signs of the worsening coronavirus in New York City: A 68-bed emergency field hospital is springing up in Central Park, and a Navy medical ship with 1,000 hospital beds of its own docked at a city pier Monday. The hospital is courtesy of Samaritan's Purse,... More »

86-Year-Old Dead in Apparent Social-Distancing Dust-Up

This may be NYC's first virus-related assault case

(Newser) - Tensions are high in New York, considered the epicenter of the US coronavirus outbreak , and now the NYPD is looking into what the New York Daily News says may be the city's first social-distancing-related homicide. Cassandra Lundy, a 32-year-old seizure patient at Brooklyn's Woodhull hospital, allegedly hit 86-year-old... More »

School Dean Sends Out 'Tone Deaf' Dance Video

Not exactly what NYU students were hoping for

(Newser) - Hundreds of students seeking lower tuitions amid the coronavirus pandemic appear to be out of luck—and miffed at what they did get, the New York Post reports. Allyson Green, dean of New York University Tisch School of the Arts, answered their pleas by emailing them a video of her... More »

New Yorker Tries Singing Out Window, Gets Classic NY Response

One Reddit user says 'this somehow warms my heart'

(Newser) - Can Italy's magic be recreated on the streets of New York City? A video on Twitter suggests otherwise. In the video, posted by actor Zoe Stuckless, a man is heard singing out his window near East 93rd Street—much like quarantined Italians sang in a moving video from Siena... More »

'Another Horrific Moment' for NYC Transit

Subway driver killed, many injured in fire on train

(Newser) - A New York City subway driver was killed and several other people were injured early Friday in a fire on a train that's being investigated as a crime, officials said. Fires were reported at three other stations nearby at the same time, police said, per the AP . "We... More »

Coronavirus Marks 'Grim Milestone' in US

At least 1K Americans have died, and the numbers are still climbing

(Newser) - Wednesday night marked a grim milestone as the coronavirus rampages across the planet: USA Today reports that the death toll in the US has surpassed 1,000, hovering closer to 1,050, per a Johns Hopkins University data dashboard , which put the overall number of known cases in the US... More »

Horror Stories Out of NYC Hospital Where 13 Died in a Day

New York City coronavirus cases hit 20K

(Newser) - New York City's Elmhurst Hospital Center is transitioning non-coronavirus patients to other hospitals as it becomes entirely focused on the COVID-19 pandemic—and the stories coming out of the Queens hospital are horrific. "It's apocalyptic," says a resident who performed chest compressions on three patients Tuesday,... More »

When It Comes to Coronavirus, NYC Is Doing This Right

It's publishing solid data, quickly

(Newser) - The health team leader for Bloomberg News in New York City flags something the city is doing right amid its coronavirus outbreak: publishing very detailed data in real time. In a series of tweets, Drew Armstrong pointed out the "great data transparency. Would be great to have even more... More »

Officials Have Warning for Those Leaving NYC

Dr. Deborah Birx says about 56% of coronavirus cases in US are coming out of NY metro area

(Newser) - The woman in charge of the US response to the coronavirus says everyone leaving the New York metro area should self-quarantine for 14 days, the AP reports. Dr. Deborah Birx said at a White House briefing that people leaving the hardest hit area of the United States might not be... More »

Moms-to-Be React to Virus Ban: 'So Much Anxiety Now'

2 major NYC health care systems ban partners, other support people in hospital delivery rooms

(Newser) - An outcry has emerged after two major hospital systems in the New York City area have enacted strict policies on who can accompany a mom-to-be into the delivery room during the coronavirus outbreak—notably, no one except medical staff. In a move that Dr. Dena Goffman, chief of obstetrics at... More »

The Virus Nixed Their Wedding Plans. Then a Pal Stepped Up

Friend married NYC couple on sidewalk from his 4th-floor apartment window

(Newser) - There hasn't been much uplifting news during the coronavirus outbreak, but there was at least one bright spot amid the pandemic last week in New York City. NBC News reports on the plight of 28-year-old Reilly Jennings and Amanda Wheeler, 38, who'd planned on getting married in October... More »

Grim Numbers Emerge From Italy

The latest coronavirus numbers show no respite for Italians

(Newser) - Italy’s tally of coronavirus cases and deaths continues to soar, with officials on Saturday announcing new day-to-day highs: 793 dead and 6,557 cases, the AP reports. The country, at the heart of western Europe’s rampaging outbreak, now counts 53,578 known cases. Across the Atlantic, New York... More »

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