- New York’s second coronavirus case is a 50-year-old resident of Westchester County and a partner at a law firm near Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan.
- The man’s wife, son, daughter, and neighbor are also infected — representing four new cases in New York.
- Business Insider confirmed the identity of the second patient, a married father of four.
- His daughter attends SAR Academy High School, a private Jewish school in the Bronx, and his son attends Yeshiva University.
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New York City confirmed its second coronavirus case on Tuesday: a 50-year-old married father of four who resides in Westchester County, about 20 miles north of New York City. His wife, son, daughter, and neighbor are also infected, bringing the total coronavirus cases in New York to six.
The man is a partner at a firm based in midtown Manhattan, multiple sources confirmed to Business Insider. The office building is in the vicinity of Grand Central Terminal, which sees about 750,000 daily commuters.
His wife is a partner at the same law firm, Lewis and Garbuz, PC, which represents clients throughout New York City and its surrounding areas. Representatives from the firm declined to comment.
One of his sons, a 22-year-old male undergraduate student at Yeshiva University, was diagnosed with the virus on Wednesday. The university has canceled all classes on its campus in Washington Heights, Manhattan. The student had not been seen on campus since February 27, the university letter said in a letter on Tuesday.
The man had recently returned to New York from a trip to Miami before he was diagnosed, representing the first apparent case of community spread of the coronavirus in New York. He had not traveled to China and didn’t knowingly interact with anyone who was infected with the coronavirus.
New York’s second coronavirus patient commuted from Westchester to Manhattan
The man lives in New Rochelle, a city in Westchester County, and commutes daily into Manhattan, sources said. In a Tuesday press conference, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he wasn’t sure which method of transportation the man took to work.
One of the most common methods of transit from New Rochelle to Manhattan is the Metro-North Railroad, which passes through Grand Central Terminal.
The man was originally admitted to Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville, New York, then transferred to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan. The neighbor who is infected drove him to the hospital, Cuomo said in a Wednesday press conference. The man is now in serious condition and has preexisting respiratory problems.
The rest of the family and the neighbor are not hospitalized, Cuomo said on Wednesday.
The family’s temple, Young Israel of New Rochelle, has been ordered to suspend services until further notice, the local ABC news station reported. Congregants who attended services there on February 22 or a funeral or bat mitzvah there on February 23 have been told to self-quarantine until at least March 8.
The case has prompted 3 school closures in the Bronx and Westchester
The man’s 14-year-old daughter attends SAR Academy High School, a private Jewish school in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. SAR sent out a message on Tuesday morning notifying parents of the coronavirus case and announcing that the school had decided to close both its elementary school and its high school as a “precautionary measure.” The two schools are on separate campuses in Riverdale.
In a note to parents on Tuesday, an official at the SAR Academy elementary school said the school was coordinating with the New York state and New York City health departments.
“We are following their instructions and recommendations,” the official said in the email to parents.
The school added that it would continue to keep parents updated. As of Tuesday evening, parents hadn’t received any other information.
Two other private Jewish schools in Westchester — Westchester Torah Academy in White Plains and Westchester Day School in Mamaroneck — closed school on Tuesday. Westchester Torah Academy notified parents of the closure via email and WhatsApp on Tuesday morning after a number of children in the community had already been picked up by the buses for school.
“We will be turning the buses around and sending your children back home,” school officials wrote in a letter to parents.
Following news of the diagnosis, members of the Jewish community in Westchester put out calls on social media for people to pray for the man’s recovery.
The US has more than 120 cases of the coronavirus across 16 states
The US has reported more than 120 cases of the virus across 16 states so far, though in two of those states — Nebraska and Texas — the infections are among repatriated citizens only. New York’s first case was a 39-year-old healthcare worker in Manhattan who had recently traveled to Iran. Cuomo said on Wednesday that her condition had improved.
On Tuesday, Cuomo said the continued spread of the virus in New York was “inevitable.”
“Most people who get infected won’t even know they have it,” he said.
A day earlier, Cuomo said the state health department was partnering with local hospitals to expand testing capacity for the virus. Their goal is to conduct 1,000 test per day, he said — but the current capacity is still limited. The federal government only recently approved New York to test for the virus on Saturday.
“We’re at a couple of hundred tests per day, so you prioritize who can be tested,” Cuomo said on Tuesday. “You don’t have the capacity to test everybody ‘just in case.'”