Five things to know this Thursday March 19

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(NEWS10) — Good Morning, Capital Region. Today is Thursday March 19, 2020.

There have been many developments lately with the coronavirus outbreak. NEWS10 is dedicated to bringing you the most up to date information. Here are some updates as you wake up this morning.

  1. Coronavirus numbers in New York State: The number of confirmed cases in New York State continues to rise. The numbers have been changing rapidly. These are the numbers as of Thursday morning, according to the New York State Department of Health.
Albany36
Allegany2
Broome1
Chenango1
Clinton1
Delaware1
Dutchess20
Erie7
Essex1
Greene2
Hamilton1
Herkimer1
Monroe14
Montgomery2
Nassau183
New York City1,339
Onondaga2
Ontario1
Orange32
Putnam2
Rensselaer4
Rockland30
Saratoga14
Schenectady14
Suffolk116
Sullivan1
Tioga1
Tompkins3
Ulster9
Warren1
Washington1
Westchester538
Wyoming1
Total Number of Positive Cases2,382

2. Governor Cuomo Updates on New York State: On Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo held a briefing to discuss a number of updates to help combat the spread of COVID-19;

  • Paid Sick Leave: On Wednesday, Cuomo signed the Paid Sick Leave bill guaranteeing job protection and pay for those who were quarantined because of COVID-19. State insurance companies will help companies pay for that leave. According to the bill, the amount of help depends on the number of employees in the company.

To read more details Paid Sick Leave: CLICK HERE.

  • Mandatory workforce reduction: Governor Cuomo also announced he would issue an executive order saying that businesses would have to have 50% of their workforce working from somewhere other than their business. He plans to make that order effective Friday, March 20.

To read more details on Mandatory Workforce Reduction: CLICK HERE

  • Retail centers are closing: Cuomo also announced that all shopping malls, amusement parks and bowling alleys are to shut their doors to the public on Thursday at 8 p.m. in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Locally Crossgates and the Aviation mall are taking action.

To read more on malls closing: CLICK HERE.

  • Introducing: The USNS Comfort: The ship is a 1,000-bed hospital that has 12 fully-equipped operating rooms and is expected to significantly increase New York’s surge capacity amid the current COVID-19 pandemic.

For more on that initiative: CLICK HERE.

3. The story of a local man with the coronavirus: A Capital Region man is now speaking out after being diagnosed with COVID-19. Both he and his two young sons tested positive for the virus. They are now recovering but sending an important message to heed the warnings.

To read his message: CLICK HERE

4. University at Albany students asked not to return to campus: Students are being asked to check out virtually by March 22, and the university will provide partial refunds or credit for room and meal plan costs for students who qualify.

5. Fatal stabbing in Albany: Police said the stabbing took place just before 5 p.m. Wednesday on the 500-block of Maidson Avenue.

For more details on this homicide investigation: CLICK HERE

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