by Lester Holt, NBC News anchor
Good day from New York. I'm writing this from the anchor desk, preparing to go on with a special report during the hockey playoffs, on the swine flu outbreak. We have just learned that it has likely spread to New York City, while its presence has been confirmed in Kansas.
We've been monitoring a news conference where New York City health officials confirmed 8 students at a high school here have tested positive for "probable" swine flu. Kansas authorities are at the same time announcing two confirmed cases there. It has killed 68 people in Mexico, and infected over a thousand there, as well as a handful of people in California and Texas.