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Weather: Bright in the morning, cloudy in the afternoon, with a high in the mid-50s.

Alternate-side parking: In effect until April 9 (Holy Thursday).

The coronavirus has now sickened 173 people in New York State, Governor Cuomo announced yesterday, with 108 of the confirmed cases in Westchester County, just north of New York City.

There were at least 36 confirmed cases in the city, Mr. Cuomo said.

[Read our latest coverage of the coronavirus outbreak in the New York area.]

New Rochelle in Westchester County is emerging as the epicenter of the state’s outbreak, and yesterday Mr. Cuomo announced a targeted strategy to help halt the spread of the virus.

The state’s plan focuses on a “containment area” in New Rochelle with a one-mile radius centered around a synagogue believed to connect many of the cases in the cluster, officials said.

The state also planned to deploy the National Guard to the containment area to clean schools and deliver food to quarantined residents, Mr. Cuomo said.

Schools and other facilities for large gatherings like community centers and houses of worship within the area will be closed for two weeks beginning tomorrow, he said. Businesses such as grocery stores and delis would remain open.

The state did not plan to close streets or implement travel restrictions, Mr. Cuomo said.

A 69-year-old man became the first person in New Jersey to die from the coronavirus, officials announced yesterday. The man, who lived in Bergen County, had a history of health problems before contracting the virus, the state’s health commissioner said.

He was admitted to Hackensack University Medical Center over the weekend and had two heart attacks, officials said. He died yesterday.

At least three other people in New Jersey tested positive yesterday for the coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 15.

New York Road Runners yesterday canceled the NYC Half, a half-marathon in Brooklyn and Manhattan, which was scheduled for Sunday morning.

The group said in a statement that it had decided to cancel the race, which attracts around 25,000 participants, because the safety of runners and spectators was paramount.

The president of Cornell University said the school’s New York City-based classes will transition to remote learning tomorrow. The school’s main campus in Ithaca will “move entirely to virtual, remote learning” on April 6.

Other schools in New York City, including Columbia University, Fordham University, St. John’s University, Yeshiva University and New York University, announced that classes would be canceled or offered online.

Spending details of the New York City Housing Authority will now be online. [The City]

A Connecticut man won the lottery twice from the same store. [New York Post]

See the opening of the “Refuge in the Heights” exhibition at the Center for Jewish History in Manhattan. 6 p.m. [Free with R.S.V.P.]

Listen to Dana Spiotta’s “Eat the Document,” a work of fiction turned opera, as part of the Notes/Books series at the Center for Fiction in Brooklyn. 7 p.m. [$15]

Learn about the Billion Oyster Project and the changing nature of the local environment at Arc’teryx Soho in Manhattan. 7 p.m. [$5 donation with R.S.V.P.]

— Melissa Guerrero

Events are subject to change, so double-check before heading out. For more events, see the going-out guides from The Times’s culture pages.

The Times’s Melissa Guerrero writes:

March is Women’s History Month, but also Womxn’s History Month — “womxn” being a term that refers to “women and those affected by misogyny, or women-related issues,” according to Ebony Miranda, an organizer of the first Womxn’s March on Seattle, in 2017.

This month in New York, the Ace Hotel in Manhattan is celebrating creators who are womxn in a variety fields with a series of events. One program, “Womxn Spin,” features female-identifying D.J.s performing sets tonight through Saturday.

“Some of these women have been playing for 20 years and are very good at what they do,” said Christine Renée, the music curator for the event, “and are perfect for creating a friendly, community vibe in the room.”

[Read about more women who are changing New York’s D.J. game.]

Other programs at the hotel this month include wellness classes, a panel on black creatives who are womxn, a group-therapy session about toxic relationships, a self-portrait “propaganda poster” workshop and more. Part of the proceeds from cocktails sold at the hotel will go to an organization that provides services for homeless women and their children in New York City.

This week, the music for each D.J. set will vary from hip-hop to disco to R&B and the “current music that kind of makes you feel groovy and maybe saucy,” Ms. Renée said. “But at the same time, you can be in that space and it runs a little deeper if you participate in something that gives back to the community.”

Most events are free, and D.J. set times vary each day.

It’s Wednesday — find your groove.


Dear Diary:

Hurricane Sandy hit a month after I moved to New York. I had just started my first job after graduating from college. My office lost power, forcing everyone to stay home.

I spent that first week of November meandering around Manhattan. I strolled down the middle of F.D.R. Drive, passed bus stop shelters with shattered glass and looked in restaurant windows with signs that said, “No power! Hot Coffee!”

Once, as I was walking up Lexington Avenue, I went into one of the custom framing shops that dot every street of the city and somehow manage to stay in business. I was the only one there.

“You like that one?” the shop owner asked me as I lingered in front of a Georgia O’Keeffe print.

Yes, I said, and then asked him how much it cost.

“Take it,” he said.

I must have looked confused.

“If it makes you happy, take it,” he said. “We need to make each other happy during times like these.”

My paychecks were dismal at the time, so I took him up on his offer and went home with my new O’Keeffe.

The next Saturday, I went back again with a friend who I knew might want to see what he had. He smiled when we walked in. He told us to sit down while he helped some other customers.

When he finished, he served us shrimp cocktail and red wine. I don’t remember what we talked about for the next hour, but my friend went home with a Toulouse-Lautrec.

— Catherine Burgess

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