Two more patients in New York City patients have contracted coronavirus and are now hospitalized in intensive care units, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday.
“There are two new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New York City. One new patient is a man in his 40s, and one new patient is a woman in her 80s,” de Blasio said in a Twitter thread.
Citing the Mayor’s office, The Wall Street Journal reported the man resides in Manhattan, while the woman is from Brooklyn.
Neither patient traveled to a coronavirus hot zone, nor had contact with any other confirmed coronavirus patient in the New York City area, de Blasio added. This is indicative of what the Centers for Disease Control describes as “community transmission” — meaning that the patients likely picked up the illness from someone who already had it.
But both of the new coronavirus patients are in the hospital in intensive care, de Blasio added. The city’s Health Department “detectives” are now tracking down individuals who have had close contact with them for isolation and testing.
Nevertheless, de Blasio repeated a mantra uttered by public officials since the outbreak began: There will be more coronavirus cases, but the public should not be alarmed.
“We are going to see more cases like this as community transmission becomes more common. We want New Yorkers to be prepared and vigilant, not alarmed,” the mayor tweeted. “We are taking the same decisive steps in every case to shut transmission down: isolate and test each suspected case, trace close contacts, and isolate and test them as well.”
De Blasio further called upon the CDC to make more coronavirus testing kits available.
“Our single greatest challenge is the lack of fast federal action to increase testing capacity — without that, we cannot beat this epidemic back,” he added.
There are now 13 confirmed coronavirus cases in New York state. Governor Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that the vast majority of New Yorkers who become infected will “self-resolve” with mild symptoms, and may not even realize they have it.
However, seniors, individuals with compromised immune symptoms and others with pre-existing health conditions are at the highest risk of becoming ill.
Symptoms of coronavirus infection resemble the flu, and include fever, cough and/or shortness of breath. If you or a loved one experiences these symptoms, stay home from work or school and seek medical care immediately.
The public is urged to take precautions such as washing your hands regularly and using hand sanitizer.
This story first appeared on amny.com.