New York orders nation's first coronavirus containment zone

The number of cases in the state has soared to at least 173, with two school bus drivers and a Barclays employee testing positive.
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Good evening. It's great to have you with us on this Tuesday night. We begin with the coronavirus emergency. The first containment zone in the New York governor imposing restrictions on a community just outside of New York City. Linked to the largest cluster of cases in the country. Calling it a matter of life and death. The containment zone shutting down schools and gathering places in new Rochelle. In the center, this synagogue, where dozens were exposed by a lawyer who remains in critical condition. His wife sharing his struggle to find out he was sick with the coronavirus, saying it took days to find out what was wrong with him. At least 808 cases in 37 states and the district of Columbia. 29 have new died, 2 more just today. Whit Johnson leads us off with the race to stop the spread, to save lives and the battle over getting tests to everyone who should have them. Whit leads us off. Reporter: Tonight, New York ordering the first containment zone in the U.S. With the number of infections in the state soaring to at least 173. The governor sending the National Guard to new Rochelle, a suburban hot spot north of Manhattan. It is a dramatic action. This is literally a matter of life and death. Reporter: That zone of containment consisting of a one-mile radius around the young Israel synagogue, where dozens of people were exposed by that infected attorney. Schools and buildings that hold large gatherings will shut down for two weeks. Most businesses and grocery stores will remain open. People will be allowed to enter and leave. You're not containing people, it's facilities. Reporter: The wife of Lawrence garbuz, that attorney who was the first in the area to get the virus, releasing a statement saying, "As many have asked, of course he went to the doctor and did so many times. No one figured it out and it even took the hospital days to figure it out. This was all new." Adding, "Please pray for those who are positive, who have had high fevers and suffered from this." Among the new cases statewide, two school bus drivers testing positive. Officials say they're now notifying parents. They transport between them approximately 80 students in various, on several routes. Reporter: A Barclay's employee who worked on their trading floor contracting the virus. Today, neighboring New Jersey reporting its first death. A 69-year-old man with underlying medical conditions. That state is also where 32-year-old physician's assistant James Cai is hospitalized. Cai describing himself as previously healthy, but the virus is taking a heavy toll. Half of my lung is already pneumonia. Not working, on half. So I don't know how -- how much longer I have to keep my lungs working. Reporter: The spread leading dozens of schools and colleges to suspend in-person classes, including amherst, San Francisco state, and Ohio state university. Today, Harvard announcing it will begin transitioning to online instruction. Just outside Dallas, a father, his wife, and 3-year-old have tested positive. The 3-year-old gives us a bit more concern than his father who is healthy and in his late 30s. But we are all praying for a quick recovery there too. Reporter: A man in his 30s in anoka county, Minnesota, reportedly sought medical care on March 3rd. He was evaluated and released. Tonight, in critical condition after being diagnosed with the virus. Covid-19 delivering a massive blow to the airline industry. Delta announcing it will reduce its number of domestic flights by up to 15%. United, 10%, and American, 7.5%. Amtrak temporarily suspending several nonstop trains between New York and D.C. Our gio Benitez on the rails. Reporter: It's usually tough to find an empty seat on the amtrak Acela between New York and D.C. Not today. Just take a look. Seat after seat is empty. Reporter: Tonight, frustration reaching a boiling point over testing. Tonight, 6,600 test conducted nationwide. Whit, I know you're hearing a lot of doctors saying they're concerned about not having the tests. Here's what the vice president said from the white house moments ago on those tests. By the end of this week, there will be more than 4 million more tests made available. 1 million are already in place. The vice president being pressed on all of those concerns from doctors on the front lines that you're hearing about. Reporter: That's right, David. Many local governments are complaining about backlogs and red tape. One doctor says he has multiple patients and he still can't get

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