New York state confirms second case of coronavirus as transit workers disinfect ...

A lawyer living who works in Manhattan and lives upstate is confirmed to be the second person in the state to be diagnosed with coronavirus.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo confirmed the man had tested positive, a day after a 39-year-old healthcare worker who had traveled to Iran was confirmed to be the first case. 

The second case - a man in his 50s - lives in Westchester County. He has an underlying respiratory condition, and is in a serious condition. When he was first diagnosed, he was was initially taken to New York-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville before being transferred to a hospital in Manhattan. 

The man's travel does not include trips to China, and he has not visited any other areas with links to the outbreak, however he has recently traveled to Miami. There are two confirmed cases in the state of Florida, but none in Miami.

The man is reportedly a regular worshiper at Young Israel synagogue in New Rochelle. SAR Academy and SAR High School, an orthodox Jewish High School in the Bronx area of Riverdale was closed as a precaution. Officials believe the patients children attend the school. 

A second high school Westchester Day School in Westchester County is also closed. 

Cuomo said this second confirmed case was no cause for alarm and that community spreading in New York City is inevitable.   

'The real issue is how many people will get seriously ill,' Cuomo said. 'How many people, God forbid, could lose their lives.' 

Subway cars, stations and trains within the New York City transit system will now be cleaned at least every 72 hours as a second case is confirmed in a man who works in Manhattan

Subway cars, stations and trains within the New York City transit system will now be cleaned at least every 72 hours as a second case is confirmed in a man who works in Manhattan

Areas such as turnstiles which are touched more often will be cleaned daily

Areas such as turnstiles which are touched more often will be cleaned daily

The MTA has stockpiled cleaning products as it increases thee frequency of cleaning

The MTA has stockpiled cleaning products as it increases thee frequency of cleaning

There are now 111 cases confirmed in the United States including two in New York state, authorities confirmed Tuesday

There are now 111 cases confirmed in the United States including two in New York state, authorities confirmed Tuesday 

The Florida Department of Heath were angered after learning that the man had visited the state via media reports. They are now looking into his travel history. 

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' spokeswoman Helen Ferre said New York officials were immediately contacted once the news of the man's travel reached them. 

'New York state officials did not alert Florida officials,' Ferre said. 'DOH learned of this case when it was reported by the media.' 

It is not known if the man had displayed any symptoms when in Florida. 

In an unrelated case, Cuomo said that two families in Buffalo who recently traveled to are being monitored for symptoms of coronavirus.   

Ticket machines will now be disinfected every day to avoid to spread of the coronavirus. There are 111 cases in the U.S.

Ticket machines will now be disinfected every day to avoid to spread of the coronavirus. There are 111 cases in the U.S.

Passengers swiping their card will be further protected as the MTA boosted its cleaning of turnstiles to daily

Passengers swiping their card will be further protected as the MTA boosted its cleaning of turnstiles to daily

Several passengers wear surgical mask as they sit inside an MTA bus driving along Kissena Boulevard in Flushing, Queens, as the MTA heightens it cleaning procedure on Monday

Several passengers wear surgical mask as they sit inside an MTA bus driving along Kissena Boulevard in Flushing, Queens, as the MTA heightens it cleaning procedure on Monday

How often was the New York subway cleaned before the coronavirus?  

The bulk of subway cars and buses were cleaned daily 

They are rarely fully disinfected 

Station cleaning was more rare and sporadic

Bleach was used in station cleaning

The MTA relied on outside contractors to perform a 'deep clean' of stations from 2019 

They scrapped dozens of cleaning workers in 2019 as reports of 'soiled' subway cars continued to rise 

 The move sparked a picket from the Transport Workers Union Local 100

The MTA is now working to redeploy cleaning crew and contractors 

On Monday, the New York state legislature approved a $40 million emergency aid package to help track and fight the disease. 

Subway cars, stations and trains within the New York City transit system will now be cleaned at least every 72 hours as part of a new policy established by the Metropolitan Transit Authority to combat the spread of the coronavirus.   

On Monday night, crews began disinfected the New York City Transit, MTA Bus, Access-A-Ride, Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North as part of an 'enhanced daily cleaning procedure'. 

The clean will focus on areas that are touched by commuters the most often, including subway turnstiles and handrails. 

The woman who tested positive for the virus on Sunday had not taken public transportation since her return to New York. There is no information about the second case.     

Beginning Monday, the MTA announced that it would significantly increasing the frequency and intensity of its cleaning protocol ensuring that each of its stations and the full fleet is fully disinfected at least once ever 72 hours.  

More frequently used surfaces such as turnstiles, MetroCard and ticket vending machines, and handrails will also be disinfected daily. 

Before this MTA cleaning crews would clean tarin cars and buses every day but are rarely disinfected, according to NY Daily News. 

Subway stations were cleaned less often and cutbacks in the MTA's own cleaning staff meant that outside contractors were hired to perform a 'deep clean' of more than 100 stations and 3,000 subway cars in 2019, a move that sparked a union picket. 

A pedestrian wears a surgical mask as he walks along Main Street in Flushing, Queens on Monday, March 2, 2020. The second confirmed coronavirus case in the state is confirmed

A pedestrian wears a surgical mask as he walks along Main Street in Flushing, Queens on Monday, March 2, 2020. The second confirmed coronavirus case in the state is confirmed

People wear protective masks, while street vendors pedal hand sanitizer and other disinfecting products in Queens, New York, as the city's second case in confirmed

People wear protective masks, while street vendors pedal hand sanitizer and other disinfecting products in Queens, New York, as the city's second case in confirmed

 

Travelers are advised not to use their hand as they walk through the turnstile but to use their hip or bag

Travelers are advised not to use their hand as they walk through the turnstile but to use their hip or bag 

The MTA announced that it's stockpiling cleaning supplies as they disinfect with the hope of stopping the coronavirus spread

The MTA announced that it's stockpiling cleaning supplies as they disinfect with the hope of stopping the coronavirus spread 

The new procedure will take effect on the whole system including the 472 stations throughout the subway system, 21 stations along Staten Island Railway, the 124 stations and terminals along Long Island Rail Road and 101 stations throughout Metro-North's New York territory. 

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