In an effort to contain COVID 19 or the new coronavirus in the state of New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo is creating a containment area in New Rochelle — a suburb of New York city that is now in the epicenter of the state’s coronavirus outbreak.
The city of New Rochelle accounts for more than 100 of the state’s 173 confirmed cases.
It is home to about 600 Filipinos.
“It is what they call a cluster. The numbers are going up unabated. And we do need a special public health strategy for New Rochelle. What we are going to do is focus on an area concentric circle around the situs of the majority of the cases in New Rochelle.”
This so-called “economic shutdown” includes the temporary closure of schools and “major places of gatherings” in the area.
Meanwhile in nearby New Jersey:
“Over the past 24 hours, we have received four presumptive positive test results, bringing our state-wide total to 15,” said New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver.
Among the 15 was a 69-year-old male who has since died – the Garden State’s first coronavirus-related death.
New Jersey health commissioner Judith Persichilli said the Bergen County fatality did not travel outside of the U.S., but had underlying medical conditions like diabetes and hypertension.
“He suffered a cardiac arrest, was successfully revived, but suffered another arrest this morning and expired. The family has been notified.”
Many New Jerseyans have taken social distancing seriously – but for those that still need be out and about — shoppers at this Asian supermarket are taking every precautions available.
As more people are tested, the number of infected people may also continue to rise – health officials are urging people, especially the elders and those with underlying medical conditions to continue to avoid big social gatherings and wash their hands as often as possible.