The batch of cases surrounding one attorney raised the prospect of a wider outbreak in America’s largest city.
A Manhattan lawyer who contracted the 2019 novel coronavirus was in critical condition Wednesday, and his wife, son, daughter, and several neighbors were infected, too.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the new cases—bringing New York’s total number of confirmed patients to 11—were all linked to attorney, who lives in Westchester County. Cuomo has said that the man had an underlying health condition, putting him at increased risk for severe infection.
“We’re dealing with a coronavirus epidemic,” said Cuomo. “We have a bigger problem, which is a fear pandemic, and the anxiety here is outpacing the reality of the situation.”
At a news conference on Wednesday, Cuomo said the man’s 20-year-old son and 14-year-old daughter were also confirmed cases and that they would remain quarantined at their home in New Rochelle.