ALBANY - The number of coronavirus cases in New York surged by another 22 overnight, bringing the statewide total to 76 on Saturday.
The biggest spread has been in the New Rochelle area of Westchester County, where the county now has 57 cases, up from 34 announced Friday night, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a briefing Saturday.
He said the state is looking to expand the closing of schools in New Rochelle.
"Westchester is an obvious problem for us," Cuomo said.
He said 10 of the 76 people are hospitalized, pointing out that 80% of people will get better on their own.
Cuomo announced New York now has its first cases outside the New York metropolitan area: Two cases were confirmed in Saratoga County.
The governor said the precautionary quarantines in Westchester, which has jumped to 1,000 people, would likely continue as the virus spreads and more people have become infected.
He announced he issued an emergency declaration that would help in the response to coronavirus by state and local governments.
"This labor intensive," Cuomo said.
He said the cases in Westchester all appear to link back to the first man who tested positive Tuesday — a member of Young Israel in New Rochelle.
The temple announced Saturday that would remain closed through March 14, and those who were there Feb. 29 will remain on a voluntary self-quarantine through that date.
One of the cases is the rabbi at the temple, and it said his wife, too, has since tested positive.
Outside visitors to nursing homes and senior living facilities in the New Rochelle area will also be banned, Cuomo said, saying the elderly remain the most vulnerable population.
"The nursing home are the most problematic settings for us with this disease,” he said.