Chinese New Year event canceled at Purchase College amid coronavirus outbreakPosted: Updated:
A local organization canceled its Chinese New Year celebration amid growing fear of the coronavirus outbreak.
The annual Chinese New Year Festival was supposed to be held at SUNY Purchase College Saturday night.
A notice on the Westchester Association of Chinese Americans' website says the celebration has been pushed to May 17.
It reads in part, "We regret having to reschedule due to the outbreak caused by the novel coronavirus. The public health of our children and our community at large should always come first."
This comes as the U.S. Embassy says a 60-year-old man confirmed to have been infected by coronavirus has died at a hospital in Wuhan, China, making him the first American fatality of the outbreak.
China announces that the death toll on the mainland increased to over 700 cases on Saturday.
The country also says in the past day, about 3,400 more people had been diagnosed with the virus, bringing the total number of cases on the mainland to well over 34,000.
The World Health Organization is urging the public to wash their hands frequently, cover coughs and sneezes and stay a few feet away from those who may be showing symptoms of sickness.