On March 18th I, M.Martinez, began digitizing COVID-19 data from the New York State Department of Health (health.ny.gov) and the New York City Department of Health’s coronavirus page. I will release updated charts here. Please contact me for county-level charts and/or data. Below I will list key info from New York state press releases relating to the pandemic, which can be found here: https://health.ny.gov/press/releases/2020/index.htm
Please note on the plots below, county level cases for New York state are from the state department of health, while New York City cases are from the New York City Department of Health, depending on what time of day they post case records, there may be discrepancies between the two due to the rapid change in case confirmations.
Sunday March 15th – Governor Cuomo announced Westchester, Nassau, Suffolk and New York City schools will close.
Key Stats about School Closure: Prolonged school closure may have detrimental effects on NYC schoolchildren’s education, food stability, and safety because:
(1) ~ 1 million households in NYC don’t have internet for online learning.
(2) 1 in 10 NYC school children are homeless
(3) ~ 750,000 NYC school children live below the poverty line.
(source: NY Times)
Sunday March 15th – Casinos, gyms, theaters are closed until further notice. Bars and restaurants are closed, but takeout can be ordered during the period of closure.
Wed March 18th – Gov. Cuomo said, the state processed the tests of 7,584 people. Testing has increased as dozen of private laboratories in the state received authorization to test for the virus.
Thursday March 19th – Retail shopping malls, amusement parks and bowling alleys to close by 8 PM in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.
Friday March 20th – New York State on PAUSE:
- In New York we know that Policies Assure Uniform Safety for Everyone. Governor Cuomo will sign an Executive Order mandating that 100% of the workforce must stay home beginning Sunday, March 22 at 8PM, excluding essential services (banks, pharmacies, grocers, utilities, etc.).
- All non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason are temporarily banned.
- Enacting Matilda’s Law to protect New Yorkers age 70+ and those with compromised immune systems:
Can go outside for solitary exercise
Pre-screen all visitors by taking their temperature
Wear a mask in the company of others
Stay at least 6 feet from others
Do not take public transportation unless urgent and absolutely necessary