76 cases of coronavirus confirmed in New York as Governor Andrew Cuomo declares a state of emergency

The New York governor, Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency on Saturday as the number of coronavirus patients rose to 76 in the state.

Andrew Cuomo

He also disclosed that there are 11 confirmed cases in New York City, 57 in Westchester County, two in Rockland County, four in Nassau County, and two in Saratoga County including a man who is an Uber driver who tested positive, resulting in more than 40 doctors and others at the hospital treating him to go into self-quarantine.

Cuomo said, “The declaration of emergency will allow the state to speed up the purchasing of supplies and the hiring of workers to assist local health departments that have been handling the monitoring of thousands of self-quarantined patients.”

The declaration would also allow officials to skirt purchasing regulations, if necessary, he said.

There have been 17 deaths as of Saturday, while the total number of cases across the U.S. is 312.