As of Tuesday morning, 25 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in New York City, while the state count has jumped to 142 people.
Among them is Rick Cotton, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, who is now at home in self-quarantine.
Others are not so lucky. Many patients who have caught the virus, especially those who are older and have pre-existing conditions, are hospitalized and being monitored. So far, no deaths have been reported in New York.
Both Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio have been remarkably transparent with New Yorkers about the rapidly-growing number of cases, and the measures their administrations are taking to contain the spread of the virus.
As always, people should wash their hands frequently with soap and water, sneeze or cough into their elbows and stay home if they are feeling sick. Employees are encouraged to work from home or stagger work hours if possible.
Despite some major universities cancelling class, New York City public schools remain open. School buildings will have additional nurses and resources to make sure students stay safe.
Big events, like the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Brooklyn Half-marathon, are moving forward as planned.
This is the approach New Yorkers should take in dealing with COVID-19. Keep calm, stay informed and live your lives as normally as possible.
Some habits may have to change, like temporarily avoiding shaking hands in favor of a fist bump. But there’s no reason to alter your everyday life, like avoiding mass transit.
If everyone heeds the calls of public health officials and practices good health habits, we as a city and state will eventually overcome the spread of the novel coronavirus.