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Friday, 06 March 2020 21:45

Organizers Say 2020 New York Auto Show Still On Even as Coronavirus Cases Surge to 22 in NY

Written by Brad Anderson, CarScoops

Just a few days after the Geneva Motor Show was canceled due to the coronavirus, officials from the New York Auto Show stated the event will proceed as scheduled. And to make sure we heard right, they sent a follow up message to reassure us everything is going as planned and the show is still on.

The second confirmation the New York Auto Show will go ahead came shortly before it was announced 11 more people in New York have now tested positive for Covid-19, raising the total number in the state to 22 as of March 5.
 
In a statement issued to the media, organizers of the New York Auto Show said the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, where the show will be held, has put in place new measures to help prevent the spread of the virus. 
 
Most notably, the Javits Center has installed 70 hand-sanitizing stations throughout the convention center to allow visitors to frequently clean their hands.
 
Additionally, there is increased cleaning of high-volume, high-touch areas and a team of specially trained paramedics on site, and organizers have implemented new standards for all vehicle detailing companies providing services for the event, which include the use of disinfectant cleaning agents.
 
Shortly before officials in New York announced the number of local Covid-19 cases had jumped from six to 11, approximately 1,000 people were being asked to self-quarantine themselves as they may have had contact with those infected.
 
The second person in New York to contract Covid-19 is an attorney in his 50s who works in Manhattan. His son, daughter, wife and neighbor have all tested positive for the coronavirus this week.
 
While organizers of the New York Auto Show say the event is still on, the truth is it’s virtually impossible to predict how quickly the virus will spread in the five weeks leading up to the show, scheduled to open to members of the media April 8. 
 
Just to get an idea, in the hours between drafting this post and publishing live, NY officials had confirmed 11 new cases.
 
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