(UnitedVoice.com) – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered a one-mile radius “containment area” centered around a synagogue in the Westchester County city of New Rochelle — and he’s called up the National Guard to help him enforce it.
This area is currently a hotspot for COVID-19. Out of the 173 confirmed cases in New York State as of March 10, 108 — or 62% — of them are in this area alone.
We are implementing new emergency measures in New Rochelle, which has the biggest cluster of #Coronavirus cases in the state.
Starting on Thursday for 2 wks, there will be a containment zone with a 1 mile radius around the site of the most cases in New Rochelle. pic.twitter.com/y4eZDK9zfU
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) March 10, 2020
Patient Zero of this cluster appears to be a rabbi at Young Israel of New Rochelle. The containment decree initially covers a two-week period during which schools and businesses that “bring large quantities of people together” will be closed.
National Guard soldiers being deployed will provide assistance in cleaning public places like the schools and delivering food to those who may be facing actual quarantines. This is not an isolation situation and the people who live in the designated area may come and go as usual.
This all comes on the heels of the dramatic shakeup in the stock markets and the lockdown the Italian government issued for their entire country.
The idea of a governor using the National Guard to enforce a set of rules upon American citizens is sure to raise the hackles of some. However, so long as the parameters of their duties remain as limited as they are, the unprecedented action seems to be reasonable given the uncharted waters the country’s leaders find themselves navigating.
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