Today during a press conference in Albany, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the country’s first containment zone in New Rochelle, Westchester County, the epicenter of New York’s COVID-19 outbreak.

Schools, churches, synagogues, and other spots that hold large gatherings will be closed or canceled for 14 days, and the National Guard will help disinfect the 1-mile zone and deliver meals to families inside. Cuomo said the move will help protect older Americans at risk for the most severe symptoms of the novel coronavirus.

“This will be a period of disruption for the community,” said Cuomo, who noted that the strategy was necessary due to steadily increasing numbers of cases in New Rochelle.

As of today, Cuomo said New York State had 173 confirmed cases, up 31 since yesterday. Westchester County has 108 cases, many linked to a lawyer diagnosed 2 weeks ago who infected several community members.


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