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Long Island COVID-19 Patient Under 'Mandatory' Quarantine, Cuomo Says

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The Long Island resident diagnosed with having the COVID-19 virus has been placed under "mandatory quarantine" by state health officials. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Friday, March 6.

There have been 11 new confirmed cases of coronavirus in New York State bringing the total to 33 statewide, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced. Each of the cases, including one in Nassau County, is tied to the original Westchester lawyer who was the second person to test positive for the virus earlier this week.

No new cases were reported on Long Island.

Cuomo was in Albany at noon on Friday, March 6 to provide an update on the spread of coronavirus.

One of the new positive cases was in New York City and the rest were all in Westchester. All told, 27 of New York's 33 cases are connected to the first Westchester case, the 50-year-old New Rochelle attorney, including all 11 new cases announced Friday.

Of the new cases, two are Rockland County residents who worked the Westchester wedding the lawyer attended at Young Israel of New Rochelle. 

Cuomo said that there are now 4,000 New Yorkers under “precautionary quarantine,” including 70 in Nassau County and 15 in Suffolk County. Those residents are being monitored. Of those quarantined, one in Nassau County is under “mandatory quarantine.”

As of March 6, there have been 100,776 confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide, leading to 3,412 deaths. There have been 237 positive tests in the United States.

“The way we’re looking at it now, is that it’s community spread,” New York State Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said. “Whether it deals with a school, or an office, or family, but this is why we have to go and backtrack to see who they’ve had contact with.”

Cuomo reiterated that 80 percent of coronavirus cases will self resolve, and less than 20 percent will require hospitalization.

“I’m not urging calm. I’m urging reality,” the governor said. “I’m urging a factual response as opposed to an emotional response. I’m urging that people understand the information and not the hype. We have more people in this country dying from the flu than we have dying from coronavirus.”

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