Cuomo declares state of emergency in New York as state coronavirus cases soar to 89

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo officially declared a state of emergency as the coronavirus outbreak continues.

The governor called the relationship with the CDC “problematic” as he called for more testing.


NYPost reports Gov. Cuomo declared a state of emergency Saturday to deal with the worsening coronavirus crisis, as the number of cases jumped to 12 in the Big Apple — including a Uber driver from Queens  — and 89 across New York.

Saturday’s numbers more than doubled the cases in the city, which stood at five on Friday, the governor said at a noon press conference. There were 21 new cases outside the city, from 44 the day before, he said.

“We are testing aggressively, said Cuomo. “The more positives you find, the better.”

Identifying people who have the virus is good, because they can be isolated and they won’t continue to infect people, the governor said.

He couldn’t say how many tests are being conducted, but said thousands have results still outstanding.

A state of emergency frees up $30 million that will be used to expand testing and purchase items such as masks and protective gear for healthcare workers, the governor said.

The Queens case — a man who is believed to drive for Uber on Long Island — showed up at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway on Tuesday.

Other new cases include two people who were previously on a cruise, while the other five new cases were spread within the community, the governor said.

There are four cases in Nassau County, and two in upstate Saratoga County. One woman in Saratoga county had been in contact with a person from Pennsylvania who has tested positive at a conference in Miami, Cuomo said.

There are now 57 cases in Westchester County and two in Rockland County that can be traced to a cluster tied to attorney Lawrence Garbuz, 50, believed to be connected to the majority of the state’s cases so far, officials have said.