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–A homeless man who reported to Beth Israel Hospital for a coronavirus test was told to self-isolate.  He explained to hospital staff that this was impossible because he was staying at the New York City Rescue Mission. A spokesperson at the Bowery Mission, which runs the shelter, declined to comment on the case, but said space is set aside for self-isolation and people with coronavirus symptoms would be separated from other residents. [Daily News]

–More than 400 people are showing up for meals at the Bowery Mission, up from an average of 250 during normal times. [Channel 2]

–Neighborhood clinics, like Betances Community Health Center on the Lower East Side, are on the front lines as the coronavirus outbreak intensifies. [Channel 11]

–Spectrum relents after shutting off internet service for families with old debts. The internet access is needed to facilitate online learning during the coronavirus crisis. [Chalkbeat]

–As the rent bill comes due in just a few days, some art galleries are already receiving threatening warnings from their landlords indicating they will be shown no mercy. [Hyperallergic]

–Truman Lam talks with NPR’s Scott Simon about the future of his family’s business,  Chinatown restaurant Jing Fong, which was forced to temporarily close earlier this month. [NPR]

–Economy Candy is among many local businesses concentrating on online sales after being forced to close Brik-and-mortar locations. [Channel 7]

–Veniero’s has made the decision to temporarily close after today. [EV Grieve]

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