DE BLASIO DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY: 42 new coronavirus cases bring NYC total to 95, 'I think we'll be at 1,000 cases next week'

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a state of emergency for the City of New York, at a briefing Thursday afternoon, as the number of coronavirus cases jumped by 42 cases to 95 cases citywide. 

"I think we'll be at 1,000 beds next week," he said. 

The NYPD also took to Twitter to shoot down a pervasive rumor: "There are no plans by the NYPD to shut down roadways or subways."

De Blasio gave a rough break down by borough of the cases, admitting that the number didn't add up to 95:

Manhattan: 25

Brooklyn: 24

Queens: 17

Bronx: 10

Staten Island: 5

In an interview with 1010 WINS (listen above) earlier in the day, De Blasio said he and wife Chirlane McCray have not been tested for coronavirus because they don't have symptoms. "We are exactly the kind of people who should not be tested yet."

Later, the mayor announced in a statement that two co-located schools in the Bronx will be closing after a student tested positive for COVID-19.

"This morning, we are closing two co-located schools, the Laboratory School of Finance and Technology and South Bronx Preparatory: A College Board School, due to a student’s self-confirmed positive case of COVID-19," the statement read.

The NYC Health Department will be tracing close contacts of the student and recommend quarantine and testing as necessary, he said.

"The Health Department will trace close contacts of this individual to recommend quarantine and testing as necessary. The Department of Education will completely disinfect the building, and it will be closed for an initial 24-hour period," the mayor tweeted.

"We don’t make this decision lightly, and we know the disruption and anxiety this means for students, faculty and parents. We are taking every precaution to keep people safe, and we will keep everyone informed as we learn more through the day," he tweeted.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New York is taking matters into its own hands Wednesday after announcing there were 43 new cases of coronavirus in the state, with the total number rising to 216. 

At a press conference in Albany, Cuomo said New York State will start contracting private labs to help administer coronavirus testing for residents.

"We’re not in a position where we can rely on the CDC or the FDA to manage this testing protocol," Cuomo said. 

The governor also encouraged "social distancing" and spoke to hundreds of business leaders to encourage that they use different work shifts, telecommuting and working from home.

He also added that they were going to "lead by example" and guarantee paid leave for all state workers who are quarantined.

"2 full weeks of paid leave for all state workers who are quarantined or in isolation due to #Coronavirus," Cuomo tweeted.

Cuomo also added that they will now double cleaning protocol on public transportation after receiving conflicting details regarding how long the virus lives on a surface.

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He noted that six courtrooms in Westchester would be closed for cleaning and employees as well as others who had contact with the lawyer who tested positive for the virus would be tested.

The state aims to test a chain of people who test positive.

"We're looking for people who are positive," Cuomo said. "Its good news, it means we are tracking the chain."

The governor also adds that the coronavirus was in this country before ppl acknowledged it and was widespread even before officials knew about it.

The coronavirus was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization on Wednesday. 

"In the past two weeks the number of cases outside China has increased thirteenfold and the number of affected countries has tripled," WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters on a conference call. "In the days and weeks ahead, we expect to see the number of cases, the number of deaths and the number of affected countries to climb even higher."

New York City now has 46 confirmed cases of coronavirus, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday morning.

The 10 additional cases brings the statewide total to 186.

"There's a lot of testing, more testing going on so as of this morning there are 46 positive cases in New York City," Mayor de Blasio said on the Pix 11 Morning News. 

The mayor said there is a community spread of the virus but when asked if he would consider a containment zone in NYC, he answered that the city is considering a number of scenarios but "we are nowhere near that at this point."

While speaking on the "Today" show Wednesday morning, Cuomo expressed his frustrations with the federal government's lack of adequate testing.

Cuomo said the state should have more control in their response to the coronavirus asking them to "take the handcuffs" off him and "let New York State do what New York State can do and let the other states take their own paths forward." 

The National Guard was deployed to help clean public spaces and deliver food in New Rochelle which is at the center of the nation's biggest known cluster of coronavirus cases. 

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