New York City reported its first death from the novel 2019 coronavirus on Saturday—and hours later, a second death in a town north of the city was confirmed.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed on MSNBC that an 82-year-old woman with pre-existing medical conditions had died at a Brooklyn hospital. “It’s tragic, we are going to lose some people here,” he said. The woman had emphysema and had been hospitalized since early March. “We were very, very worried about her,” de Blasio added. Later in the day, officials in Rockland County reported that a 65-year-old man from Suffern had died of COVID-19 on Thursday. The patient had “significant health problems” that were also a factor, the officials said.