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Cuomo Declares State of Emergency; MTA Allows Workers to Wear Masks

Posted 3/6/20

Governor Cuomo has declared a state of emergency following a dramatic spike in coronavirus cases statewide, with 82 flagged in Westchester County and 12 in New York City as of March 8.

Concerns about the potentially deadly disease prompted the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to relent from its previous prohibition against transit workers wearing surgical masks as a precaution while on duty, which Transport Workers Union Local 100 had vigorously fought.

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