This is what it looks like to be in New York City during the coronavirus outbreak

New York mayor Bill de Blasio tells New Yorkers to prepare for the possibility of a shelter-in-place order, but Governor Andrew Cuomo doesn't think that would work.

Posted: Mar 18, 2020 9:53 AM
Updated: Mar 19, 2020 3:45 AM


New York City is nearly unrecognizable as the coronavirus outbreak has driven crowds from the streets.

With 532 new cases on Wednesday, there are now at least 1,871 cases of coronavirus in New York City and 11 deaths, Mayor Bill de Blasio's office confirmed to CNN.

Health officials and government leaders have encouraged Americans to avoid populous places and large group gatherings to mitigate the spread of the virus. In one of the more drastic measures, San Francisco is demanding that residents shelter in place during the pandemic.

This week, de Blasio told New Yorkers to prepare for the possibility of a similar order, though the final decision rests with Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

But already things have gone quiet in the city that never sleeps.

Ridership on the city's subway system was down 3.7 million on Tuesday, compared with the same day last year when more than 5.5 million people rode the subway, the MTA New York City Transit said in a tweet.

Still, the subway system thanked those that chose to stay home.

'We miss you, but for now, we'll say: thank you for not riding with us. You're keeping NYC safer,' the tweet said.

Times Square, normally teeming with vehicle and foot traffic, was lit up as ever but nearly uninhabited Monday as bars and restaurants became take-out only and public spaces like theaters and gyms shuttered.

Rockefeller Center, like other entertainment spots, was captured in an unfamiliar light Wednesday as it was closed, with no skaters and no onlookers to fill it.

The city's hotels were less than 49% full last week, according to data released Wednesday, and Gov. Cuomo announced a mandatory ban on businesses that would allow no more than 50% of the workforce to report for work outside their home. As a result, coming and going in the city has dwindled.

The virus is not expected to reach its peak for another 45 days, Cuomo said Wednesday, and questions remain over what the city will look like by then and how its residents will move forward.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 399513

Reported Deaths: 32283
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New York City21805223247
Nassau421642188
Suffolk418491991
Westchester351831432
Rockland13683668
Orange10810484
Erie7624639
Dutchess4255152
Monroe4074273
Onondaga3050188
Albany2183121
Ulster185186
Oneida179198
Sullivan146048
Putnam134863
Niagara131590
Schenectady84837
Broome77060
Rensselaer58630
Saratoga58517
Columbia48237
Madison36817
Ontario29033
Orleans28654
Warren27333
Steuben27241
Fulton26324
Greene26318
Washington24814
Genesee2445
St. Lawrence2272
Oswego2113
Wayne1953
Herkimer1824
Tompkins1800
Chenango1635
Chautauqua1527
Tioga15124
Chemung1482
Livingston1408
Cattaraugus1316
Montgomery1254
Cayuga1242
Clinton1074
Wyoming995
Jefferson950
Delaware914
Otsego865
Seneca730
Allegany641
Schoharie610
Cortland550
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Yates486
Franklin340
Lewis310
Schuyler130
Hamilton60
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