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New York reported her first death on Saturday when an 82-year-old woman died in Manhattan, according to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.

The unidentified woman suffered from emphysema, an underlying medical condition, which the governor said had contributed to her death, comparing her to deaths from seasonal flu. “If you are 82 years old and have emphysema and get the flu, you are in serious trouble,” said the governor.

The Health and Hospitals Corporation of New York, operator of the country’s largest municipal hospital network, plans to cancel elective surgeries. NYU Langone Medical Center’s Tisch Hospital has transformed a pediatric emergency room into an adult intensive care unit. Northwell Health, which has an extensive network of hospitals, is asking retired nurses to return to work.

But New York hospitals, widely regarded as among the best in the world, may be progressing too slowly to prepare for an epidemic of coronavirus that has already engulfed other countries and is now taking root in the New York area, according to many health care. experts.

“We are not prepared for a rapid and severe increase in patients – we just are not,” said Dr. Christopher M. Tedeschi, emergency physician and assistant professor at Columbia University Medical Center. “We’re sort of planning what’s going on right now, and we’re trying to make up for lost time, but I’m not sure we are planning in a month, or even two weeks.”

Officials point out that most cases of coronavirus do not require hospitalization. However, in the city and the country, hospitals have started to adopt plans for an increase in the number of patients. Learn more about what New York hospitals have planned here.

Mayor Bill de Blasio reiterated Friday that New York public schools will remain open as long as possible.

The mayor remained firm on this point even as attendance fell, three school buildings closed their doors the day after the notification of the cases of coronavirus and the calls to close the schools of other officials and unions increased.

De Blasio, speaking at an evening press conference, said the question of whether schools should remain open was more complex than some people implied. The massive closings, he said, could close schools not only for the rest of the current school year, but potentially for the rest of 2020.

“We are closing the school system, we may not see it for the rest of the school year, we may not see the start of the new school year,” he said. “And it weighs on me.”

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo also resisted calls to close public schools across the state.

Even public health experts who hold differing views on whether entire school systems should be closed say that to be effective in protecting public health, these measures should be long-term, ideally as long as threat like the new coronavirus persists.

The Federal Centers for Disease Control said Friday that “short to medium closures” had no impact on mitigating the spread of the virus, but that eight to 20 week closings could have “some impact” . The C.D.C. also said that other countries that closed schools were not necessarily more successful at curbing the spread of the virus than those that had not.

As of Friday afternoon, New York State had 421 confirmed cases of coronavirus, most of which were split between Westchester County and New York City, Cuomo said.

There have been 158 cases in Westchester County, home to one of the largest virus groups in the country, and 154 in New York, officials said. The number of cases in the city has tripled since Wednesday.

The new totals were announced as New Yorkers prepared for a dramatic change in their daily lives. Limits of public gatherings in the state came into effect at 5 p.m. Friday.

Cuomo said the jump in the number of cases reflected more the state’s ability to test people than the severity of the epidemic.

“I guess there are thousands and thousands of cases going around New York State.”

Fifty people in the state have been hospitalized with the virus, said Cuomo, including 13 in intensive care. The state has 3,200 U.C.U. beds are available and do not have the capacity to create more, he said.

New York officials have lobbied to increase the state’s ability to search for coronavirus. The federal government said on Friday that it would authorize the state health department to authorize local laboratories to test for coronavirus.

Next week New York could run 6,000 tests a day, said Cuomo. On Friday, the state opened a drive-through test facility in New Rochelle, a New York suburb which has been at the center of the epidemic in the state.

The city was locked, or at least that’s what people were saying – probably Friday morning. The rumor was false, but it didn’t slow it down.

New York has not locked out. But these rumors inspired those who were unable to flee the city panic store.

Large-scale emergencies never fail to reveal fault lines in the American class system, and it was suddenly clear that affluent New Yorkers would tackle the coronavirus differently, with more courage and Purell, as they had a powerful inoculant: secondary real estate.

As the messages circulated, the residents of the weekend homes – on Long Island, Connecticut, Cape Cod – planned to flee to them, indefinitely.

Friday morning, in front of a pre-war cooperative on Fifth Avenue, well-dressed people loaded cats and canvas bags into their tailgate. “The building is empty,” says a woman who enters with her dog. “Everyone went to the Hamptons.”

Learn more about how the 1 percent made a panicked exodus to their second homes.

One day after New York officials declared a state of emergency, buyers flooded stores and emptied shelves prepared for the unknown.

At a Target store in the Atlantic terminal in Brooklyn, customers bought hand soap, lotion, detergent, vitamins, and paper products. Cold and flu medications have been sold completely.

Shortly after opening at 9 a.m. in a Joe’s Trader in Hoboken, New Jersey, a line of nervous customers stretched out along the block in the rain, waiting to search the nude shelves at the interior. There were no more chicken, no garbanzo beans, coffee or crisps.

Once reserved for hurricanes and snowstorms, the frantic pursuit of groceries and household items intensified in the era of the coronavirus.

With more than 150 reported cases of coronavirus in the country’s largest city, taking a metro or bus to work is suddenly accused of potential dangers. Many commuters fear everything from surfaces potentially contaminated with viruses to strangers who sneeze and cough on their peers. This is why an increasing number of New Yorkers are reducing their exposure to the disease by cycling.

Citi Bike, the city’s self-service bicycle program, has seen demand increase by nearly 70% this month, officials said. Between March 1 and March 11, there were a total of 517,768 trips compared to 310,132 trips in the same period the previous year.

Cycling has also seen dramatic increases on four East River bridges that connect Manhattan to Brooklyn and Queens, and are popular bicycle transportation routes. There were up to 21,300 bike trips in a single day this month (March 9), up 52% ​​from the peak of 14,032 bike trips for the same period a year ago.

The sudden popularity of bikes comes at a time when fewer people are trying to get to work or home underground. The trains that take passengers from New York to the suburbs and vice versa have fallen sharply, according to the figures.

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