In a letter on Tuesday to New York’s congressional delegation, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs the city’s subway and buses and two commuter railroads, said that subway ridership had plunged 60 percent and bus ridership had fallen 49 percent on Monday compared with the same day last year.
Other parts of the system have experienced similarly steep drops during the Tuesday morning rush hour compared with the same day last year: 90 percent on Metro-North Railroad, which serves communities north of New York City, and 67 percent on the Long Island Rail Road.
“The M.T.A. is now facing financial calamity,” Patrick J. Foye, chairman of the transit authority, said in the letter.
The authority projects revenue losses of around $3.7 billion if ridership trends continue for the next several months, and expects coronavirus-specific expenses, like disinfecting subway cars and stations, to reach around $300 million.
Nearly 20 cases have been linked to a psychotherapy conference in Manhattan.
Nineteen people who attended a psychotherapy conference in New York City this month have tested positive for coronavirus and dozens more are in self-quarantine, according to the conference organizers, the American Group Psychotherapy Association.
The event, AGPA Connect 2020, was held at a Sheraton in Midtown Manhattan from March 2 to 7, and drew about 1,100 mental health professionals from around the world, according to Diane Feirman, an association spokeswoman.
The Americans who tested positive were from California, Idaho, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Texas, Washington State and the District of Columbia. Five of the 19 were from other countries, including Canada, Iceland and Singapore, Ms. Feirman said.