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Coronavirus Update: NYC Half Marathon Cancelled, St. Patrick's Day Parade Still On Amid Calls For 'Social Distancing'

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - New York's number of confirmed coronavirus cases jumped to 176 Tuesday, up 33 since Monday.

In New York City, there are 17 new cases, bringing the total to 36, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office.

"Against the backdrop of 8.6 million people and for the vast majority of New Yorkers, life is going on pretty normally right now," Mayor Bill de Blasio said in an interview. "We cannot shut down because of undue fear."

Officials are urging New Yorkers to practice what they call "social distancing." That means avoiding large gatherings and public transit as much as possible.

CONFIRMED CASES: As of Tuesday evening in the Tri-State Area...

New York State: 176

  • Westchester County: 108
  • New York City: 36
  • Nassau County: 19
  • Suffolk County: 4
  • Rockland County: 6
  • Ulster County: 1
  • Saratoga County: 2

New Jersey: 15

  • Bergen County: 7
  • Monmouth County: 2
  • Burlington County: 2
  • Camden County: 1
  • Hudson County: 1
  • Passaic County: 1
  • Union County: 1

Connecticut: 2

  • Fairfield: 1
  • Litchfield: 1

SCHEDULED EVENTS: The concerns are having an impact on several events around town.

On Tuesday night, organizers canceled New York City Half Marathon scheduled for Sunday.

The mayor says, as of now, the city has no plans to cancel the St. Patrick's Day Parade next Tuesday.

Sources tell CBSN New York a drop in ticket sales at "The Lion King", "Aladdin" and "Frozen" is due to a big decline in international tourists who make up a sizable proportion of Disney's Broadway audience.

The producer of five other Broadway shows is offering $50 tickets to such shows as "To Kill A Mockingbird," "West Side Story" and "The Book of Mormon." Discounted tickets go on sale Thursday for performances through March 29.

The New York International Auto Show at the Javits Center, originally set for April, was rescheduled to Aug. 28 to Sept. 6 later this year.

CRUISE SHIPS: De Blasio says cruise ship passengers at Manhattan's West Side Terminal and Red Hook Terminal in Brooklyn will be screened for fever. Anyone with a fever of over 100.4 degrees will not be allowed to get on or off a cruise.

The next ship is scheduled to arrive at the west side terminal this Sunday.

AIRLINE FLIGHTS: Both Delta and American Airlines are reducing the number of flights they offer during the coronavirus outbreak. American is reducing its international schedule by 10% this summer, and its domestic flights by 7.5% Delta is dropping international flights by around 20%, and domestic by 15%.

Both airlines have seen bookings plunge during the outbreak.


The United Nations is the latest institution to shut its doors amid the concerns. Starting at 8 p.m., the headquarters will be closed to the general public and all guided tours will be suspended.

"As the Secretary-General has said, the health and safety of staff is a matter of his utmost priority and concern. The United Nations will continue to monitor the situation closely and further measures may be taken as circumstances evolve," a spokesperson said in a statement Tuesday.

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson is also postponing his State of the City address that was scheduled for Thursday.

"I was looking forward to the speech, but at a time when we are urging New Yorkers to consider measures like telecommuting and staggered work hours, it seemed an unnecessary risk," he said in a statement. "The good news is we will still announce the policies and proposals we had planned for State of the City on Thursday, and are looking forward to getting feedback from New Yorkers on those plans."

CORONAVIRUS: CDC Latest | NY Health Dept. | NYC Health Dept. | NY Hotline: 1-888-364-3065 | NJ Health Dept. | NJ Hotline: 1-800-222-1222 | CT Hotline: 211

"Our top priority is always the health and safety of our runners, volunteers, staff, and spectators. On the recommendation of the NYC Health Department, there have been no scheduling changes to any of our events and programs, including the United Airlines NYC Half," New York Road Runners said in a statement. "We encourage runners to respect others by following appropriate health guidelines and ensuring they are well enough to participate. We will provide ongoing updates as we have more information to share."


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