COVID 1 Year Later: CBS2 News Headlines From March 11, 2020

Today marks 1 year since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a worldwide pandemic. At that point, New York City was the epicenter of the outbreak in the U.S.

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- Today marks one year since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a worldwide pandemic. And at that point, New York City was the epicenter of the outbreak in this country.

- The virus was quickly spreading, and life as we knew it was dramatically changing. Here's a look now at some of the headlines from our newscast that day.

- Right now at 5:00, the coronavirus outbreak now a worldwide pandemic.

BILL DE BLASIO: We have a long, tough battle ahead.

- Tomorrow, the New York National Guard arrives here in New Rochelle.

- We're going to do our best and listen to what the authorities have to say.

- The state putting a focus on vulnerable populations, advising long-term care facilities to actively screen and restrict visitations to the elderly.

- The governor is ordering all state and city universities of New York, SUNY and CUNY schools to start closing their campuses March 19.

- Nassau County officials revealed school districts are all preparing for e-learning should they need to close for an extended time.

- Right now, the St. Patrick's Day Parade is at stake.

- Officials have been handing out $5,000 and $10,000 fines to stores that are selling hand sanitizer at highly-inflated prices.

- The NCAA has announced that fans will not be allowed to watch the upcoming March Madness basketball tournaments from the stands.

- I am in my late 60s, so, you know, I'm in that age group where things could happen. So I am minimally afraid.

- I hope it goes away and leave us alone.

- We had no idea what was coming our way. So much we just made up on the fly.