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Updated: March 5, 9 p.m.

Cases double in NY, NJ as crisis deepens nationally

At least 11 new cases of COVID-19 were reported today, bringing the region's total up to 24. ( The new cases include at least eight tied to a man infected in New Rochelle, NY earlier this week and two people in Manhattan who are in intensive care. New Jersey also reported a new probable case in Englewood, while Nasasu County recorded its first case.

So as expected, things are getting worse. There are no new local government restrictions, but please pay close attention to local authorities on this as things are evolving pretty quickly. Please pass along any major closings or cancellations you see out there.

A Note on totals: Most of the cases that have been confirmed are likely the most severe cases in the region. There are likely far more mild cases making their way through the area.

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COVID-19 Case Tracker

Updated: March 5, 9 p.m.

Local News

Updated: March 5, 9 p.m.

Ok, so we'll start again in New York, which per usual is trying to be the center of everything. The number of cases doubled to 22 in the state. ( The vast majority of cases are related to one man in New Rochelle, who tested positive earlier this week. To give a sense of how far a single case can spread, officials are concerned exposure may have traveled as far as Washington D.C. ( Two new patients in Manhattan are in intensive care. Long Island recorded its first case, which is not known to have any connection to another case or travel (see also: not good). ( Also in New York, the Brooklyn DA sent home some staffers who were sick, which ordinarily would not be news. ( Trials are started to be delayed ( And finally, New York, let's stop with the BS racism. ( In New Jersey, the state's second case was announced. Both N.J. coronavirus victims seem to be doing well (, which is nice to hear. The Fort Lee victim is reported to be a New York City healthcare worker. Things in Pennsylvania and Connecticutremain quiet for now. Philadelphia teachers are worried the city is unprepared ( Hundreds are being monitored in Connecticut ( In situations like these, information from the community can be crucial. Want to pass along info about how your town/business/institution is preparing? Email me at or leave a comment on my facebook page.

COVID-19 Case Mqp

Updated: March 5, 9 p.m.

Miscellaneous Viral Activity

Updated: March 5, 9 p.m.

Testing remains a big problem everywhere. (

Give your love to our local nurses and doctors, who are apparently working in less than ideal conditions. (

A potentially serious situation is developing on another cruise ship, this one docked off of California (

Don't use vodka to make hand sanitizer. For several reasons. (

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