Governor Cuomo Declares State of Emergency

The weekend is not off to a great start as Two Coronavirus Deaths in Florida; New York Declares Emergency.

The coronavirus epidemic continued to escalate globally into the weekend, with Florida reporting the first two deaths on the U.S. East Coast, and New York state declaring a state of emergency as officials announced a jump in new cases, particularly a cluster tied to one patient in Westchester County.

The two people who died in Florida had recently traveled abroad, according to the state’s Department of Health. One death was of a patient previously announced in Santa Rosa County, and the other was a new case, a person in their late 70s in Lee County. Their deaths raised the number of fatalities in the U.S. to at least 16.

Florida health authorities also announced two additional cases, bringing the total number of infections in the state to 13. Seven are Florida residents, five are repatriated and one is a non-Florida resident, according to health authorities. Overall cases in the U.S. have shot to 340, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, as testing continues to expand.

In an indication of just how the virus spreads—and how hard it is to contain-—in New York, there are an additional 23 cases in Westchester County, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. All the new cases are connected to a 50-year-old lawyer from New Rochelle, officials said. About 1,000 people were quarantined earlier this week due to the lawyer’s case.

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There are also a handful of cases in Rockland, Saratoga and Nassau counties, as well as New York City, which now has 11 confirmed cases.

Costs Waived

That does not sound legal to me. But if you make the test free, do you really think testing will expand?

If followed, costs will rise for everything else to make up for it.

These people cannot think.

We need to use the cheap test that China developed, not the error prone, costly test developed by the CDC.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock