The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo has not only called in the National Guard but has ordered a “containment zone” set up for those infected with the coronavirus. While the mainstream media isn’t using the term “quarantine” it sure paints a similar picture.
Cuomo said he is accepting a recommendation to shut down a one-mile radius in New Rochelle, Westchester County, because of the coronavirus outbreak. He has called on the National Guard to help in the effort to curb the spread of the virus in the suburb just north of New York City.
Cuomo describes New Rochelle as having “a particular problem” with a cluster of cases and contains a much higher number of positive cases than New York City.
He said officials are focusing on a one-mile radius around the center of where the outbreak started and setting up a containment area between March 12 and March 25. –MSN
So far, 36 people have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to reports, in New York City. Two of those were school bus drivers on Long Island. “This is likely going to get worse before it gets better,” U.S. surgeon general (who doesn’t want the public using face maks) says.
The dramatic move is an attempt to stop people from gathering within one mile from the Young Israel of New Rochelle synagogue. Buildings in the area will also be sanitized with the help of the National Guard, which will also assist with the delivery of food. “It is a dramatic action, but it is the largest cluster of cases in the country,” Cuomo said of his decision to call in the military. “The numbers are going up unabated, and we do need a special public health strategy for New Rochelle.”
Cuomo says the focus is not on controlling people, but on the buildings. He said people will be permitted to enter and leave the area, they just cannot “gather” near the aforementioned synagogue. The focus is “not really people, it’s facilities,” he said.
New Rochelle is at the center of an outbreak of more than 108 cases in Westchester County, out of 173 reported statewide as of Tuesday.