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Stories and information in our region on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cuomo Thanks Out-Of-State Volunteers, Says 'New Yorkers Will Return The Favor'

John Minchillo
Registered Nurse Elizabeth Schafer of South St. Paul, Minn., outside Beth Israel Mount Sinai Hospital where she has volunteered to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Schafer says the situation inside the hospital is grim.

Here’s the latest on the COVID-19 outbreak in the region:

More than 21,000 healthcare workers from out of state have volunteered to help New York, the global epicenter of the pandemic. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo says, "New Yorkers will return the favor."

Cuomo has asked businesses to contact the state if they can help manufacture personnel protective equipment to help meet demand. He says the state only has enough respirators for the next six days.

New York has nearly 92,400 confirmed cases, with nearly 20,000 cases on Long Island. Westchester County has over 11,500 cases. At least 2,370 people have died statewide. 

Connecticut has about 3,800 confirmed cases. Over 100 people have died from the virus. Fairfield County has 2,100 cases.

Lamont signed an executive order that provides state funding and pays school staff through the coronavirus shutdown. Lamont also directed grocery stores to cut their maximum occupancy in half. Only one member per household will be allowed to shop.

New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker says the city’s 911 center was closed for a period of time Thursday after a worker tested positive for the coronavirus.

Hamden handled emergency calls while the center was cleaned.

The worker reported the positive test results yesterday morning. Elicker said the worker had been “out for a while.”

The center is currently open and functioning.

Read the latest on WSHU’s coronavirus coverage here.


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A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.
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