The wife, son, daughter, and a neighbor of a Westchester County man who tested positive for the novel coronavirus have also contracted the virus, according to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. In a press briefing held later on Wednesday, he announced five additional cases in a family that had contact with the 50-year-old New Rochelle man.
Yeshiva University, where the man’s 20-year-old son attends school, said in a statement that it was informed of his positive COVID-19 test result on Wednesday morning, and as a result, has canceled all classes on Wilf Campus in Washington Heights for the day, including in-person graduate courses and a boys’ high school.
This precautionary step will allow us to work with the city agencies and other professionals to prepare our campus and ensure the uncompromised safety of our students, faculty, and staff,” the statement said. All classes and operations at our other campuses continue as normal.”
Two close contacts of the student, who has not been on campus since Feb. 27, was transferred to Bellevue hospital on Wednesday for testing.
SAR High School in the Bronx, where the man’s daughter is a student, had closed on Tuesday and remained closed on Wednesday. Cuomo said that the man’s New Rochelle neighbor who tested positive for the virus was the person who drove him to the hospital.
The news comes a day after the man, who is an attorney in midtown Manhattan and has underlying respiratory issues, was hospitalized in serious condition,” and that one of his children was showing possible symptoms while another was not. All family members had been in isolation at the family’s home.
On Wednesday, De Blasio said the man’s condition was improving and added that his wife works at the same midtown law firm that he does. One intern and seven employees who work with the man at the 42nd Street office are undergoing testing.
Health officials said the man had no prior travel history to countries currently experiencing a coronavirus outbreak, and that they were investigating whether he used public transportation while infectious. He had visited a hospital in Bronxville before being transferred to New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan.
Additionally, all State University of New York's and the City University of New York's study abroad programs in China, Italy, Japan, Iran, and South Korea have been suspended effective immediately, and the state is making arrangements to bring back all non-essential students, faculty, and staff currently abroad in those countries. All returning staff, students and personnel will be subject to a 14-day quarantine.
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