“There is no cause for surprise — this was expected. As I said from the beginning, it was a matter of when, not if there would be a positive case of novel coronavirus in New York,” Cuomo said.
He assured New Yorkers that the general risk in the state “remains low.”
The message was along the lines of what other state leaders were telling residents and what the U.S. surgeon general was telling the public.
The same day, Trump criticized Democrats, saying “they are fearmongering” and had criticized him when he “closed the country down to China many weeks ahead of what almost everyone recommended.”
Trump’s travel restrictions to and from China went into effect on Feb. 2. They were not a ban.
Mayor de Blasio, Speaker Johnson and Queens Chamber of Commerce Encourage New Yorkers to Visit Asian-American Owned Small Businesses
February 13, 2020
The Flushing Chinese Business Association estimates business is down 40 percent in the neighborhood, despite there being no confirmed cases of Coronavirus in New York City
NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio, Speaker Corey Johnson, the Queens Chamber of Commerce, the Flushing Chinese Business Association, Administration officials and community leaders joined together today to declare Flushing, Queens open for business. Together, they encouraged New Yorkers to visit an Asian-American owned small business in their neighborhood.
“In hard times, New Yorkers know to stand by their neighbors,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We’re in Flushing today to embrace Asian-American owned small businesses and say to all New Yorkers: New York City’s Chinatowns are open for business!”