New York officials tell UN coronavirus has spread throughout city

“Everyone in New York should assume that they have been in contact with COVID 19,” according to a read out of a conference call with New York-based diplomats, which was reviewed by Foreign Policy.

The briefers, who were led by Penny Abeywardena, New York City commissioner in the Mayor’s Office for International Affairs, and included officials from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, outlined a series of “best practices” to help foreign delegations get through the crisis. But they offered no assurance that the city would provide special services to foreign diplomats exposed to the virus in New York, including tests.

“There are no particular measures,” according to the read-out, which was produced by the Mayor’s Office for International Affairs. “If you’re sick, stay home — this is how we save New York.”

The briefing to the diplomatic community came on a day when the number of confirmed cases of infections in New York State rose to 613, including 269 in New York City.