Two more cases of the new coronavirus have been confirmed in New York City, raising New York State’s total to 13, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday.
De Blasio, who made the announcement on MSNBC, said that the individuals are a woman in her 80s and man in his 40s.
The two new positive test results for COVID-19 came a day after health officials in the state announced a cluster of cases connected with a lawyer hospitalized with the disease.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that the disease appeared to have been passed from the lawyer to his family and other people close to them in New Rochelle, a suburb north of New York City. In addition to the 50-year-old lawyer, who is hospitalized in New York City, tests have come back positive for his wife, two children and a neighbor, as well as one of his friends and members of that man’s family.
Prior to Thursday, a 39-year-old health care worker who had traveled to Iran, where there is a significant COVID-19 outbreak, was New York state’s only confirmed case with no connection to the lawyer.
A spokesman for New York City’s Health Department said more details on the new cases would be released later Thursday.