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Coronavirus cases hit 142 in New York State

The governor has declared a state of emergency to make it easier to respond to the outbreak.

Posted: Mar 9, 2020 12:29 PM
Updated: Mar 9, 2020 4:00 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's coronavirus caseload has hit 142 and reached into government itself, with the head of the agency that runs New York City-area airports testing positive.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said Monday that executive director Rick Cotton tested positive, has no symptoms and is quarantining himself and working from home.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the number of cases statewide rose Monday from 105 to 142.

Most cases are linked to a cluster in suburban Westchester County, north of New York City. But patients are spread from Long Island to the Capital Region, with 19 in New York City.

As case numbers have grown, so have school closings and other fallout from the spread of the virus. The governor has declared a state of emergency to make it easier to respond to the outbreak.

Cuomo has stressed that most people who become infected will have mild symptoms.

(Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.)

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