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What you need to know right now:

  • UFC 249 canceled
  • Task force says more than 2 million in U.S. tested
  • 'SNL' to return with remote episode
  • Connecticut delays schools reopening until May 20
  • Golf courses added to list of nonessential businesses in NY
  • Labor Department says 10% of U.S. labor force is out of work
  • JetBlue suspends service to LaGuardia, Westchester and Stewart airports


April 9, 7:19 p.m. UFC 249 was canceled Thursday after ESPN and parent company Disney stopped UFC President Dana White's plan to keep fighting amid the coronavirus pandemic.

April 9, 6:56 p.m. More than 2 million people in the US have been tested for COVID-19. More than 100,000 people are being tested daily, according to VP Mike Pence.

April 9, 6 p.m. “Saturday Night Live” will be back on the air this weekend with a show that abides by social distancing rules. The material will be produced remotely, NBC said, in compliance with efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus.


April 9, 2:43 p.m. Gov. Ned Lamont says Connecticut is delaying the reopening of classes at schools until May 20.

April 9, 1:17 p.m. A revised executive order from Gov. Cuomo has added golf courses to list of nonessential businesses. They will be closed through April 29.

April 9, 8:40 a.m. Labor Department says 10% of U.S. labor force now out of work since virus slammed economy as 6.6 million filed for jobless aid last week.

April 9, 8:30 a.m. JetBlue is temporarily suspending service to LaGuardia, Westchester and Stewart airports. 


April 9, 7:30 a.m. The suspension of all Broadway performances is extended through June 7. The Broadway League announced the decision yesterday.

April 8, 9:30 p.m.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued new guidelines for essential workers, such as those in the health care and food supply industries. The guidance is focused on when those workers can return to work after having been exposed to the new coronavirus.

April 8, 7:35 p.m. With golf's U.S. Open in Mamaroneck, New York postponed until September, News 12's Pete Ruf spoke to a USGA official about the decision:

April 8, 7:22 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence warned that Philadelphia was emerging as a potential hot spot and urged its residents to heed social distancing guidelines. 

April 8, 3:30: p.m. Former New York Assemblyman Richard Brodsky has died due to complications of COVID-19. He was 73.

April 8, 2 p.m. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says 779 people died from COVID-19 on Tuesday, New York's greatest single-day toll yet. Cuomo directed flags to be flown at half-staff. Cuomo also said though that numbers are moving in the right direction in terms of hospitalizations and ICU patients.

April 8, 1:25 p.m. Gov. Phil Murphy is signing an executive order to move New Jersey primary elections to July 7. Murphy is also signing an executive order to cease nonessential construction.

April 8, 8 a.m.: New York City will be suspending the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) for Summer 2020 due to COVID-19.

April 7, 9:50 p.m. A representative for John Prine said the singer died Tuesday from complications of the coronavirus at 73.

April 7, 7:36 p.m. New York City’s death toll from the coronavirus has passed the number of those killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11. Health officials say more than 3,200 people have been killed in the city thus far.

April 7, 6:17 p.m. President Trump to 'look at' withholding funds to WHO after he says the organization 'missed the call' on COVID-19.

April 7, 5:18 p.m. Ulster County officials say they will run out of beds and ventilators by week's end, with coronavirus cases there are doubling every few days. Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan discussed those concerns in a Facebook town hall Tuesday, saying the county's COVID-19 cases are doubling every four to five days.

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April 7, 1:41 p.m. The New York state Education Department canceled the June Regents Exams and released guidance on modifications to requirements for students to graduate and earn their high school diplomas, credentials and endorsements.  “In times of crisis difficult decisions must be made and the Board of Regents knows these are ultimately the right ones for New York’s students,” Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa said in a statement. “We are putting the safety of children, families and educators first, while ensuring that the hard work done by our students and teachers is honored. These are extraordinary decisions for an unprecedented time, and we thank our school communities for their support and continuing dedication during the statewide school closure.” Click HERE for more info.

April 7, 1:32 p.m. The statewide total number of coronavirus cases in New Jersey now stands at 44,416 cases, after Gov. Phil Murphy just announced 3,361 new cases. The governor also announced 232 additional deaths, bringing the statewide death toll to 1,232. Murphy is signing an executive order to close all state parks, state forests and county parks due to people gathering and not social distancing.


April 7, 1:25 p.m. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that projections show that the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations are beginning to plateau despite the state seeing the single greatest increase in death in a 24-hour period. On Monday, there were 731 deaths in New York.

April 7, 11:05 a.m. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is urging New Yorkers not to underestimate the problem of food. He says in the last three weeks alone, New York City has provided 2.6 million meals to those in need. He says with the growing rate of unemployment, many will be unsure of where there next meal will come from. The mayor named Kathryn Garcia New York City’s “food czar.” Together with OEM, DOE and the Department for the Aging, Garcia has established a plan to feed New Yorkers.


April 7, 10 a.m. The Pleasantville Music Festival has been canceled for 2020. Organizers expect the festival to return in 2021.


April 6, 9 p.m. Hours after Gov. Tony Evers issued an order postponing Wisconsin's presidential primary, the conservative-controlled state Supreme Court said he didn't have the authority to make such a move. The vote will go on as planned Tuesday.

April 6, 5:51 p.m. President Trump says the USNS Comfort will treat COVID patients from New York and New Jersey.

April 6, 3:30 p.m. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved to the intensive care unit of a London hospital after his coronavirus symptoms worsened. Johnson’s office says Johnson is conscious and does not require ventilation at the moment. The prime minister was admitted to the hospital late Sunday, 10 days after he was diagnosed with COVID-19. 

April 6, 3:05 p.m. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says the state's COVID-19 death toll has surpassed 1,000.

April 6, 2:12 p.m. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone says if an apex is nearing, it shows social distancing and other regulations have been working. Bellone urged continued compliance with all the executive orders. "Now is not the time to be stepping back from what we are doing, now is the time to hunker down even more," he said.

April 6, 1:07 p.m. NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the daily number of deaths was 'effectively flat' for the last two days. Cuomo says there is a 'possible flattening of the curve.' Schools and non-essential businesses will remain closed until April 29.

April 6, 11 a.m. British Open won't be played this year for the first time since 1945; golf's oldest championship canceled until 2021.


April 6, 11 a.m. U.S. Open Championship at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, NY postponed from June to September.

April 5, 8:20 p.m. Europe saw signs of hope in the coronavirus outbreak Sunday as Italy's daily death toll was at its lowest in more than two weeks and its infection curve was finally on a downward slope. In Spain, new deaths dropped for the third straight day. But the optimism was tempered by Britain's jump in virus deaths, which outpaced the daily toll in Italy.

April 5, 7:22 p.m. President says full weight of the United States is working to beat the COVID-19 outbreak.  The president says Long Island is now a 'hot spot' and that the USNS Comfort may end up taking coronavirus patients. 

April 5, 6:10 p.m. NJ Gov. Phil Murphy appeared on CNN's 'The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer' and said that the COVID-19 apex is still 2-3 weeks away.  The governor urged everyone to continue practicing social distancing and said 'we are in the fight of our lives.' Gov. Murphy said he spoke with Vice President Pence and secured an additional 500 ventilators but that more were needed and that the state is in for difficult weeks again. When asked about COVID-19 potentially impacting the NFL season, Gov. Murphy said he didn't have an answer at this point.   

April 5, 5 p.m A tiger at the Bronx Zoo has tested positive for COVID-19, according to the zoo. It says a 4-year-old female Malayan tiger named Nadia tested positive. The zoo says that Nadia along with her sister Azul, plus two Amur tigers, and three African lions had "developed a dry cough and all are expected to recover."

April 5, 4:51 p.m. Queen Elizabeth II offered a message of support to Britain, which is locked down in the coronavirus pandemic, promising the nation that it would rise to the challenge and overcome the outbreak. In a rare address to the nation, the 93-year-old monarch acknowledged the suffering that many families have experienced because of the COVID-19 crisis, which has infected more than 47,806 people in the U.K. and killed at least 4,934 of them.

April 5, 4:45 p.m. - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was diagnosed with the coronavirus more than a week ago, has been admitted to a hospital for tests. Johnson’s office said he was hospitalized Sunday because he still has symptoms 10 days after testing positive for the virus.

April 5, 2 p.m. Coronavirus cases in New Jersey climbed to 37,505 with 917 virus-related deaths in the state, Gov. Phil Murphy said Sunday.

April 5, 11:20 a.m. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York may have reached its apex of COVID-19 cases, but more examination of data is needed. State cases are now at 122,031 with 4,159 deaths. He cited a shift in cases to Long Island.

April 5, 9:59 a.m. U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams is bracing Americans for what he says is going to be "the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans’ lives’’ because of the coronavirus pandemic. Adams said in a television interview Sunday that "this is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment.’’

April 5, 9:00 a.m. A review of federal purchasing contracts by the Associated Press shows federal agencies waited until mid-March to begin placing bulk orders of N95 respirator masks, mechanical ventilators and other equipment needed by front-line health care workers. By that time, hospitals in several states were treating thousands of infected patients without adequate equipment and were pleading for shipments from the Strategic National Stockpile.

April 4, 4:40 p.m. President Trump says 1,000 military personnel are deploying to New York "to assist where they are needed the most" in the battle against COVID-19.

April 4, 1:25 p.m. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says the state's total positive cases are now at 34,124. Another 200 residents have passed away, and the state total is now at 846 'precious lives lost.'  The governor calls the numbers 'particularly sobering,' and says New Jersey has lost about 100 more residents than it did from the Sept. 11 attacks. 

April 4, 10:45 a.m. Spain's prime minister says he will ask the county's Parliament to extend the current state of emergency for another two weeks to battle the new coronavirus outbreak. Spain has been under lockdown since March 14. The state of emergency is due to expire on April 11. 

April 4, 9:15 a.m. Hobby Lobby says the ongoing threat of the coronavirus has forced it to close its stores until further notice. The Oklahoma City-based arts and crafts chain says it is furloughing all of its store employees and many of its corporate and distribution workers. 

April 4, 7:05 a.m. The number of people infected has grown to more than 1.1 million worldwide, the Associated Press reports. The number of people infected in the U.S. has now exceeded a quarter-million, with the death toll climbing past 7,000.

April 3, 8:45 p.m. Mayor de Blasio has announced partnerships with JetBlue and United Airlines to provide free round-trip flights for medical volunteers traveling to New York City.

April 3, 7 p.m. The Mets have announced the establishment of a $1.2 million program that will provide coronavirus-related assistance to ballpark employees.


April 3, 5:38 p.m. The CDC is recommending Americans wear non-medical face coverings in public, President Trump says. The recommendation is voluntary and does not affect social-distancing guidelines. President Trump also said he is directing FEMA to prevent export of N95 masks under Defense Production Act.

April 3, 3:34 p.m. The Supreme Court announced it will postpone arguments scheduled for April because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the court didn't rule out hearing some arguments within months. The announcement means a total of 20 arguments scheduled for March and April, including fights over subpoenas for President Trump’s financial records, have now been postponed

April 3, 2:35 p.m. The White House says anyone who will be in close proximity to President Trump or Vice President Pence will be given rapid COVID-19 test, starting today. 
April 3, 2:10 p.m. IMF managing director Kristalina Georgieva says the recession sparked by the coronavirus pandemic is “way worse” than the 2008 global recession.
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. This week's News 12 Consumer Alert shares COVID-19 tips on grocery shopping safety. Read more HERE.
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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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