New York Confirms First COVID-19 Death as State Cases Surpass 500

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Elderly Woman First to Die from Coronavirus in New York

The first coronavirus-related death has been confirmed in New York City. According to a City-State official, an 82-year-old woman had contracted the virus while dealing with an underlying respiratory illness.

The woman had been hospitalized in Brooklyn on March 3 after being confirmed to have the virus. The lady had been in critical condition since when she was hospitalized, and died on Friday.

According to a local news source, the death of the woman has raised the coronavirus death toll to 51 in the US. As of Saturday, New York was the second with most coronavirus cases after Washington State.

A drive-through testing facility was opened in New Rochelle in the New York City suburb of Westchester on Friday.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, at a conference in Albany, on Friday, said that the federal government and FDA signed off on the state’s request for running of coronavirus automated testing.