The death toll of the disease increased to 17 after two more people died in Florida, with a new strain of the coronavirus detected in 21 people on a cruise ship held off California. According to a press release, the Department of Financial Services (DFS) put in place this action "to provide reassurance to NY businesses and residents who are seeking to make plans that may involve travel to locations that are not now under travel advisories due to COVID-19".
"Westchester is an obvious problem for us", Cuomo said.
"With this order, the state will be able to help local health departments that are stressed by getting them all the tools they need to contain the virus spread", Cuomo said in a statement. "They talk about the contagion being in clusters and clusters tend to infect more and more people". Many if not all of those cases were from the first cluster that was brought to authorities' attention last week.
Testing has been done around the clock, Cuomo said. He said 11 cases are in New York City, 57 cases are in Westchester County, two are in Rockland County, four are in Nassau County and two are in Saratoga County.
"I believe the CDC was caught flatfooted", Cuomo said.
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This does not include people who returned to the USA via State Department-chartered flights according to the CDC. The mayor of San Antonio was highly critical of the federal response in a news conference Monday.
There also are a number of precautionary quarantines with 4,000 statewide. "That's been the focus".
For the first time Saturday, Cuomo declared a state-wide state of emergency. If you do not comply with it, there are other measures that we could take, ' Cuomo threatened.
This continues to be a developing story.