New York state in process of ramping up testing for coronavirus

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered an update Tuesday on the state's response to coronavirus as he confirmed New York’s second case.

The governor confirmed that a 50-year-old New Rochelle attorney tested positive for coronavirus.

The state is now in the process of ramping up testing, which Cuomo believes will greatly minimize the outbreak but won’t completely stop the spread of the disease.

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The state is now retracing the steps of the two people with confirmed cases, which includes looking into their family members and places they may have visited in the time frame they could have gotten the virus.

There are currently 12 people under quarantine in Westchester County.

Cuomo announced Monday that he will be amending the paid Sick Leave Law, so people who are quarantined will still get paid and not be at risk of losing their jobs.

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In Albany, both houses reconvened for a day to pass a bill signed today by the governor, providing the Health Department with $40 million for coronavirus preparations.

Part of that funding is going toward doing more localized testing, which will provide results sooner.

Cuomo says this is a big factor in stemming the spread. He said Monday that he would like to set a goal of doing 1,000 tests per day by the end of this week.

As the virus spreads around the world, the question is being raised on whether to bring college students studying abroad home.

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Gov. Cuomo says SUNY institutions are bringing home study abroad students in countries with outbreaks.

Ahead of potential expanded travel restrictions by the federal government, SUNY is also considering whether to bring home all study abroad students.

 

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