Five things to know this Friday March 20

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(NEWS10) — Good Morning, Capital Region. Happy Friday! It’s been a long week for sure.

Today is Friday March 20, 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 Friday morning, according to the New York State Department of Health.
Albany43
Allegany2
Broome2
Chenango2
Clinton2
Delaware1
Dutchess31
Erie28
Essex1
Fulton1
Genesee1
Greene2
Hamilton2
Herkimer1
Jefferson1
Monroe27
Montgomery2
Nassau372
Niagara1
New York City2,469
Oneida2
Onondaga5
Ontario1
Orange51
Putnam5
Rensselaer6
Rockland53
Saratoga18
Schenectady18
Schoharie1
Suffolk178
Sullivan3
Tioga1
Tompkins6
Ulster10
Warren1
Washington1
Wayne1
Westchester798
Wyoming2
Total Number of Positive Cases4,152

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

  • A reduced workforce: Cuomo signed an executive order mandating businesses that rely on in-office personnel to decrease their workforce by 75%, this is an update to his previous order mandating in-office personnel to be decreased by 50%.
  • 90-day mortgage relief: in order to alleviate financial hardship, the state is also offering 90-day mortgage relief. Negative reporting to credit bureaus will not be allowed.

For more details on those initiatives: CLICK HERE.

3. Capital Region USPS COVID-19 concerns: NEWS10 has gotten a number of calls and emails with concerns about a possible coronavirus case at the mail distribution center at 30 Karner Road in Albany. NEWS10 reached out to the spokesperson and got a statement, however they did not confirm any cases exist.

Find out what they said: CLICK HERE.

4. Community testing suspended: Albany Medical Center and St. Peter’s Health Partners said they are suspending community testing for the coronavirus.

Find out what kind of testing will be offered and where: CLICK HERE.

5. Strong winds, thunderstorms possible this afternoon: Winds could gust as high as 50 mph with stronger gusts possible in any storm that develops late this afternoon.

Keep an eye on the latest weather on out blog and app: CLICK HERE.

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