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What you need to know right now:

  • Gov. Cuomo signs order to redistribute ventilators, PPE in the state
  • Gov. Cuomo says he's concerned about COVID-19 cases rising on Long Island
  • US shed 701,000 jobs in March in face of coronavirus
  • NYC mayor says DOH guidance urges face coverings in public
  • President Trump says he's taken a second COVID-19 test and the results were negative. 
  • Secretary Mnuchin says stimulus checks will be sent via direct deposit 'within two weeks.'
  • Trump administration issues new initiative to help small businesses
  • Lamont to issue executive order on hotels, short-term rentals
  • Suffolk hospitalizations rise past 1,000
  • Rockland County executive requests containment zone
  • Suffolk hospitalizations rise past 1,000
April 3, 12:38 p.m. News 12's Walt Kane answers questions about unemployment benefits and other COVID-19 topics in a Consumer Alert Q&A.
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April 3, 12:23 p.m. NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo says COVID-19 cases are spreading more out on to Long Island and that he is concerned.  He also signed an order to take ventilators and PPE from hospitals that aren't using them and will use the National Guard to redeploy the equipment to areas in need.  He says the equipment will be given back or the hospitals will be reimbursed. 
April 3, 8:44 a.m. A record-long streak of U.S. job growth ended suddenly in March after nearly a decade as employers cut 701,000 jobs because of the viral outbreak that's all but shut down the U.S. economy. The unemployment rate jumped to 4.4% from a 50-year low of 3.5%.
April 2, 6 p.m. Mayor Bill de Blasio says new guidance from the city’s Department of Health is urging New York City residents to use a face covering while outside with other people.

April 2, 5:58 p.m. President Trump says he took another COVID-19 test and tested negative.  

April 2, 5:54 p.m. President Trump and Gov. Andrew Cuomo say that the temporary Javits Center hospital will be used to treat COVID-19 patients.  

April 2, 5:35 pm. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin says Americans will get COVID-19 stimulus money 'within two weeks' if they have direct deposit. More information on stimulus here

April 2, 5:33 p.m. The Trump administrations has announced plans to assist small businesses struggling during the pandemic More information here
April 2, 4:46 p.m. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont will issue an executive order Friday that would reserve hotels and short-term rentals for essential workers
April 2, 3:50 p.m. County Executive Steve Bellone says the number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals has risen past 1,000 in Suffolk.
April 2, 3:10 p.m. Rockland County Executive Ed Day asked New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for a containment zone in the county similar to the one previously established in New Rochelle.
April 2, 10:35 a.m. Massachusetts will receive 1 million N95 masks for hospitals. Robert Kraft used the New England Patriots team plane to transport the masks from China.
April 2, 8:41 a.m. More than 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, far exceeding a record high set just last week, a sign that layoffs are accelerating in the midst of the coronavirus. 
April 2, 6:17 a.m. The head of the World Health Organization’s office in Europe says figures show that more than 95% of people who have died of coronavirus on Europe have been aged over 60.
April 2, 5:47 a.m. Spain reports 950 COVID-19 deaths in the past day, highest daily toll so far, while infections growth wanes.
April 1, 9:30 p.m. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has recommended the city's 4 million people wear masks when going outside. He says residents should use medical-grade masks, which are needed for health care workers.

April 1, 7:56 p.m. Fountains of Wayne founder Adam Schlesinger, a New Jersey native, has died from complications from the coronavirus, according to a report in Variety.

April 1, 7:47 p.m. President Trump said during today's update that the U.S. is looking at building 2 hospital ships. He resisted calls for a nationwide stay-at-home order.

April 1, 5:32 p.m. Mayor Bill de Blasio welcomed back former NYPD Commissioner James “Jimmy” O’Neill Wednesday during his daily COVID-19 news conference, tasking him with managing the supply chain for New York City’s health care workers. O’Neill said he felt “compelled” to return to the city from San Francisco, where he had been working with Visa.

April 1, 5 p.m. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announced Wednesday that a newborn child has died from COVID-19. Lamont says a 6-week-old from the Hartford area died after being found unresponsive late last week. Lamont says this is the first pediatric COVID-19 death in Connecticut. 

April 1, 2 p.m. The New York Islanders sent pizza over to hospital staff at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York.

April 1, 1:09 p.m. Gov. Tom Wolf has placed all of Pennsylvania under a stay-at-home order.

April 1, 1 p.m.  New York Gov. Cuomo says New York City playgrounds will close to enforce social distancing, but parks will remain open. The announcement came as Cuomo said New York's death toll had risen to at least 1,941.

April 1, 11 a.m. Wimbledon was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, the first time since World War II that the oldest Grand Slam tennis tournament won't be played.

March 31, 9 p.m. More than 5,600 NYPD officers are out sick and over 1,000 have tested positive for COVID-19, Police Chief Terence Monahan said in a tweet.


March 31, 6 p.m. - The White House projects 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the US from coronavirus pandemic if social distancing is maintained.

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March 31, 5:47 p.m.
Mayor Bill de Blasio delivered his coronavirus update Tuesday from the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, a facility that will soon have 350 hospital beds for COVID-19 patients. The mayor announced that tax lien sales are being postponed until at least August, the suspension of alternate side parking rules are being extended through April 14 and 10 playgrounds are being closed due to too many people congregating in them.

March 31, 5:13 p.m. Connecticut officials are proposing a 90-day grace period for mortgage payments for those affected by coronavirus. This comes as the state reported 557 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours.

March 31, 5 p.m. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy joined News 12 New Jersey to answer viewers' questions about the pandemic during a special Ask Gov. Murphy.

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March 31, 4:12 p.m. Westchester County Executive George Latimer discussed changes to Bee-Line Bus service during his coronavirus update.

March 31, 3:04 p.m. County Executive Steve Bellone says there are now 6,713 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Suffolk. Bellone says the number has increased by nearly 1,000 in 24 hours.

March 31, 2:30 p.m. The Legoland New York Resort in Goshen has pushed its opening back to 2021. The park was due to open this coming July.

March 31, 1:30 p.m.  Dr. Anthony Fauci said the White House coronavirus task force is looking into the idea of recommending broader, community-wide use of masks to deter the spread of coronavirus. Fauci said the task force first wants to make sure that such a move wouldn’t take away from the supply of masks available to health care workers.

March 31, 1:07 p.m. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a stockpile of ventilators and other equipment is being saved for the “apex of the curve,” which he says is coming within weeks. Cuomo said Tuesday that many established rules in health care and government need to be tossed out in the battle against COVID-19. He said there should be no distinction between private and public hospitals during the pandemic and that an unprecedented level of cooperation is needed to battle the virus that has claimed now 1,550 lives in New York.

March 31, 12:31 p.m. The U.S. death toll has climbed past 3,500, eclipsing China's official count. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo reported Tuesday that deaths in New York state had risen more than 300 from the day before, reaching about 1,550, mostly in New York City

March 31, 12:25 p.m. CNN anchor Chris Cuomo has tested positive for coronavirus. In a tweet, Cuomo said he was exposed to people in recent days who have subsequently tested positive. He is quarantined in his basement and says he will continue to do his shows from there.

March 31, 5:30 a.m. Macy's is expected to furlough the majority of its employees because of coronavirus pandemic. The company says the temporary layoffs will get underway this week, affecting more than half of its 125,000 workers.

March 30, 7:56 p.m. The FBI has reached out to Sen. Richard Burr about his sale of stocks before the coronavirus caused markets to plummet, according to an AP source.

March 30, 7:05 p.m. The first child to die from the coronavirus in New York City has been confirmed, according to NYC Health. 

March 30, 5:34 p.m. Wanaque Mayor Michael Mahler says eight residents of the Lakeland nursing home have died from COVID-19.

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March 30, 3:59 p.m. Rep. Nydia Velazquez said Monday she has been diagnosed with “presumed coronavirus infection." Velazquez says she will continue to work remotely and will monitor her symptoms at home.

March 30, 1:44 p.m. "There is no American who is immune to this virus ... what is happening to New York is not an anomaly." Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New York cases up to 66,497 and NY deaths up to 1,218. Sought help from health care professionals outside the state to provide relief to state's health care professionals.


March 30, 10:12 a.m. The USNS Comfort, a 1,000-bed hospital ship, has arrived in Manhattan.  Although it will not receive COVID-19 patients, it will treat patients from hospitals to help free room for coronavirus patients.  


March 30, 7:48 a.m. Tokyo Olympic opening ceremony rescheduled for July 23, 2021; closing ceremony on Aug. 8.

March 29, 9:53 p.m. New York has surpassed 1,000 deaths from the coronavirus outbreak, less than a month after the first case was detected in the state.
March 29, 6:20 p.m. President Trump says he is extending the voluntary national shutdown for a month, as sickness and death from the coronavirus pandemic rise in the U.S. The guidelines are now in place through April 30.
March 29, 3:59 p.m. President Trump approved a disaster declaration for Connecticut, allowing federal help for state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in parts of the state affected by the coronavirus pandemic. 
March 29, 3 p.m. There are now 13,386 positive coronavirus cases in New Jersey, and the state death toll from the pandemic is at 161.
March 29, 12:20 p.m. Gov. Andrew Cuomo extended his directive that nonessential workers in the state stay home until April 15. New York now has 59,513 total cases with 965 deaths.

March 29, 10:20 a.m. The U.S. government's foremost infection disease expert says the United States could experience 100,000 to 200,000 deaths and millions of infections from the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Anthony Fauci gave the prognosis on CNN's “State of the Union” program on Sunday. But he added, “I don't want to be held to that” because the pandemic is “such a moving target.” 

March 29, 7:14 a.m. Spain says it has hit a new daily record for coronavirus deaths with 838 fatalities in the last 24 hours for a total of 6,528, the world's second-highest death count behind Italy. Sunday's number is slightly up from Saturday, when 832 people were reported to have died from the virus in Spain.
March 28, 10:40 p.m. James Dolan, the executive chairman of Madison Square Garden Company and owner of the New York Knicks, has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Knicks announced Dolan’s diagnosis Saturday night. 
March 28, 10:30 p.m. The CDC issued a travel advisory urging residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut "to refrain from non-essential travel for the next 14 days," citing what it says is "extensive community transmission" in the area. It comes after President Trump said he was considering a tri-state quarantine, but then backtracked and said a "strong travel advisory" would be issued instead.

 March 28, 8:35 p.m. President Trump said Saturday evening that a federal quarantine for the tri-state area "will not be necessary," after he said earlier in the day that it was under consideration. Instead, he says the CDC will issue a "strong travel advisory."

March 28, 8:18 p.m. 
The U.S. leads the world in reported COVID-19 cases with more than 120,000. Confirmed deaths in the U.S. surpassed 2,000 on Saturday, twice the number of just two days before, according to the Associated Press.

March 28, 6:50 p.m. The coronavirus death toll in Connecticut is at 33, with 1,524 confirmed cases in the state, Gov. Ned Lamont said Saturday evening.
March 28, 4:24 p.m. Worldwide COVID-19 infections surpassed the 650,000 mark with more than 30,000 deaths as new cases also stacked up quickly in Europe, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
March 28, 2:15 p.m. President Trump says he is considering a quarantine of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.  The only other details provided were that it would not impact truck driver delivering supplies to those areas.  He said a decision is coming very soon.  Both NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo and NJ Gov. Phil Murphy said they have not spoken to the president about a possible quarantine. 
March 28, 2:14 p.m. Gov. Phil Murphy says there have been 32 deaths in the last day in New Jersey. The state's death toll is at 140. There are 2,289 new COVID-19 cases for a total of 11,124 cases in New Jersey.
March 28, 1:00 p.m. President Trump told reporters that he is considering a quarantine of NY and parts of New Jersey and Connecticut.  New York Gov. Cuomo says he has not spoken to the president about a quarantine and doesn't understand how that would be legally enforceable.   
March 28, 12:40 p.m. Gov. Cuomo says President Trump has approved 4 more temporary hospitals for influx of coronavirus patients. NY cases stand at 52,318 with 728 deaths.  The governor has also postponed the state's presidential primary to June 23. 
March 28, 11:20 a.m. President Trump approved a disaster declaration for the Commonweath of Massachusetts and ordered federal assistance to help with recovery in areas impacted by COVID-19. Massachusetts joins several other states, including New York and New Jersey, that already have received disaster declarations due to the virus.
March 28, 7:30 a.m. Spain has seen its deadliest day yet during the coronavirus crisis with 832 deaths reported on Saturday for a total of 5,690 fatalities in the country. Infections have increased by over 8,000 in 24 hours to reach a national total of 72,248.
March 28, 3:40 a.m. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state wants to build four more temporary hospitals in New York City before coronavirus cases peak. The state is seeking authorization from the Trump administration to add 4,000 beds in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens.
March 27, 6:39 p.m. News 12 reporter John Craven is sharing the details of his bout with coronavirus. "I really underestimated this," says Craven. "It hits you really fast, and that's the thing that really scared me."
March 27, 4:42 p.m. President Trump has signed the historic $2.2 trillion financial rescue package designed to help the U.S. economy during the coronavirus pandemic.  He has also invoked the Defense Production Act and ordered GM to begin manufacturing ventilators. 

March 27, 4:05 p.m. 
The head of the International Monetary Fund says it is clear that the global economy has entered a recession that could be as bad or worse than 2009. Kristalina Georgieva said the IMF was forecasting a recovery in 2021, saying it could be a “sizable rebound.” But she said this would only occur if nations succeed in containing the coronavirus.
March 27, 3:15 p.m. The Navy announced Friday the cancellation of Fleet Week New York due to the coronavirus. The Navy says it is focusing its efforts to prepare hospital ship USNS Comfort for deployment to New York City to help support non-COVID-19 medical needs in the area.

March 27, 2:25 p.m. NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the temporary hospital at the Javits Center will be open Monday.

March 27, 1:32 p.m. The House has passed a $2.2 trillion rescue bill to help the economy during the coronavirus pandemic.  The measure now heads to President Trump for his signature.  Here's what it means for you.

March 27, 12:40 p.m. News 12 investigative reporter Walt Kane provides answers to viewers' questions about the stimulus package and other coronavirus concerns in a special Consumer Alert Q&A. This week's Consumer Alert also debunks several social media claims regarding the coronavirus: READ HERE.

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March 27, 11:45 a.m. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says schools will remain closed statewide until at least April 15.

March 27, 7:30 a.m Spain reports a record number of daily virus deaths at 769, but an official says that the country's new infections are easing.

March 27, 7:20 a.m. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for the new coronavirus. Johnson's office says he was tested after showing mild symptoms. Downing St. says Johnson is self-isolating and continuing to lead the country's response to COVID-19.


March 26, 10:30 p.m. President Donald Trump says federal officials are developing guidelines to rate counties by risk of virus spread. Trump wants to begin easing nationwide guidelines meant to stem the coronavirus outbreak. In a letter Thursday to the nation's governors, Trump says the new guidelines are meant to enable state and local leaders to make “decisions about maintaining, increasing, or relaxing social distancing and other measures they have put in place.” States would still have authority to set restrictions.

March 26, 8:45 p.m. The NYPD announced a custodial assistant with the department for 14 years has died due to the coronavirus. They say he is the first NYPD member to die from COVID-19.


March 26, 8 p.m. The Long Beach Boardwalk on Long Island has closed until further notice. City Council President John Bendo said the move was necessary as cases grew.

March 26, 7:41 p.m. The U.S. now leads the world in confirmed coronavirus cases with more than 82,000.

March 26, 5:49 p.m. President Trump says hospital ship USNS comfort is expected to arrive in New York City on Monday.

March 26, 5:30 p.m. New York City Mayor de Blasio on providing health care workers with necessary equipment: "You deserve, and you must have, and you will have the supplies you need. One way or another, we are going to get them to you every day." The mayor called Elmhurst Hospital in Queens the "epicenter within the epicenter" of the COVID-19 crisis. "In the past 10 days, we have four times resupplied Elmhurst Hospital with additional ventilators." 


March 26, 4:17 p.m. Putnam County confirmed 16 new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the county total to 109.

March 26, 3:14 p.m. Dutchess County has confirmed its second coronavirus-related death. The county says a 71-year-old male died Wednesday at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cornwall. 

March 26, 2:31 p.m. New Jersey state officials announce 2,492 new cases of COVID-19 - 6,876 total. Nineteen have died in New Jersey. Gov. Phil Murphy says schools will be closed until at least April 17. By that date, the closings will be "revisited."

March 26, 12 p.m. Gov. Andrew Cuomo scolded governmental leaders in Washington during his COVID-19 update Thursday morning, saying that the $2.2 trillion economic stimulus does not help local or state governments.

March 26, 10:56 a.m President Donald Trump has approved New Jersey's Disaster Declaration because of the coronavirus pandemic.

March 26, 8:30 a.m. Nearly 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week - more than quadruple the previous record set in 1982 - amid a widespread economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus.

March 25, 11:55 p.m.,  Senate passes $2.2 trillion economic rescue package in response to coronavirus pandemic. The House will vote on Friday.

March 25, 11:15 p.m. Johns Hopkins University tally shows U.S. death toll from coronavirus surpasses 1,000.

March 25, 8:15 p.m.  The Clintons sent pizzas to all of the hospitals in Westchester - more than 400 pies - as a token of their appreciation for everything medical professionals are doing for their communities during the coronavirus pandemic.

March 25, 7:37 p.m. President Trump said he has approved major disaster declarations for New York, California, Washington, Iowa, Louisiana, Texas and Florida.

March 25, 7:12 p.m. Mayor Bill de Blasio says there are 17,856 positive COVID-19 cases in New York City, which constitutes 54% of all New York state cases. It's also 32% of all cases in the U.S. During Wednesday's news conference he blasted the stimulus package for the portion going to New York City - calling it immoral.

March 25, 3:05 p.m. Chef Floyd Cardoz, who won “Top Chef Masters” and operated successful restaurants in both India and New York, died Wednesday of complications from the coronavirus. He was 59. He had been admitted a week ago to Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, New Jersey, with a fever and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19.

March 25, 2:49 p.m. Gov. Phil Murphy announced 736 new positive COVID-19 cases in New Jersey, increasing the total to 4,402 statewide. He also announced 18 new COVID-19 deaths, bringing that total to 62 statewide. Gov. Murphy says that day cares that wish to remain open can only do so if they certify that they will only care for children of essential workers. Day cares that won't commit must close by April 1.

March 25, 2:43 p.m. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone says there are 2,260 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county. He says 7,763 residents have been tested, with 28.7% of those confirmed positive. 

March 25, 2:31 p.m.: The 74th annual Tony Awards postponed. The awards show was scheduled to air live on the CBS Television Network on Sunday, June 7 from Radio City Music Hall in New York City. It will be postponed and rescheduled at a later date.


March 25, 11:36 p.m. Gov. Cuomo says the evidence suggests the density control measures may be working. Projections show that on Sunday, hospitalizations were doubling every two days. On Monday, it was up to every 3.4 days. Yesterday, it was 4.7 days. "That is almost too good to be true." Although the governor says he doesn't place a great deal of stock in the projections, he says it's a "very good sign." "The arrows are heading in the right directions," says Cuomo. At least 30,811 New York residents have tested positive for COVID-19. 3,805 (12% of cases) are hospitalized. 888 of those patients are in ICU. 

March 25, 6:43 a.m. Spain surpasses China in the overall number of coronavirus deaths, now second to only Italy.

March 25, 6:39 a.m. UK palace says heir to the throne Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus, has mild symptoms.

March 25, 1:08 a.m. Congressional leaders, White House reach deal on massive coronavirus relief package.

March 24, 8:08 p.m. Los Angeles County has reported what may be the first confirmed U.S. death of a child from coronavirus.


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