4,000 people quarantined in New York state as positive COVID cases spike

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that there are now 33 confirmed cases of coronavirus in New York state, with five people hospitalised.

The additional cases are all connected to the lawyer from Westchester County, who was admitted to hospital earlier in the week.

Among those that tested positive are the rabbi of the Young Israel synagogue in New Rochelle, who also teaches at Yeshiva University in Washington Heights. He was already in self-quarantine. The family of the lawyer attended services at the synagogue, and the elder son is a student at Yeshiva.

To help prevent the further spread of the virus, the governor also said that 4,000 people across the state are in quarantine as a precaution — 2,700 in New York City, 1,000 in Westchester, and 70 in Nassau County.

Of that total, 44 people are in mandatory quarantine, including 33 in Westchester, nine in NYC and one in Nassau County.