Cuomo Orders Coronavirus Containment Zone Around New Rochelle; 3 More Cases In Suffolk

Mar 10, 2020

Schools and large gathering places in New Rochelle will close for two weeks to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo plans to deploy National Guard troops as part of the containment plan.

The state will set up a containment zone in New Rochelle, with a one mile radius.

Schools, houses of worship, and other large gathering facilities inside the radius will close for two weeks, beginning March 12th.

Northwell Health plans to set up a satellite testing facility there. And National Guard troops will help sanitize public places, and deliver food and supplies to people quarantined in their homes.

Cuomo says a targeted containment strategy is necessary for New Rochelle because there’s at least 108 positive Covid-19 cases there.

"New Rochelle at this point is probably the largest cluster in the United States of these cases. And it is a significant issue for us,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo said people in the containment zone will still be able to move freely. 

Meanwhile, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone says three more cases have been diagnosed in the county. Two people are said to be in their early 20s, and one person is in his 80s.

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