NEW YORK - In announcing the state now has 7,102 confirmed cases, on Friday morning New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo laid out strict statewide rules for people most likely to be susceptible to the coronavirus.
They include seniors over the age of 70, immune-compromised people, and those with underlying illnesses.
"These are not helpful hints. They are legal provisions," Cuomo warned.
Cuomo said that everyone in this group should remain indoors. They can go out for solitary exercise, but should pre-screen all visitors and aids by taking their temperatures. Moreover, they should not visit households with multiple people, should wear a mask when in the company of others and everyone in the presence of vulnerable people should wear a mask, under the new rules.
Finally, no one in the at risks groups should be on public transportation unless urgent and absolutely necessary.
In addition, All non-essential business in New York state must close as of 8 p.m. Sunday night. Grocery stores, pharmacies, airports, banks and other services deemed “essential” will remain open.
“This is the most drastic action we can take,” Cuomo said.
There will also be a ban on any outdoor gatherings beginning at the same time.
The hospitalization rate in New York for positive coronavirus cases has jumped to 18% as of Friday.