Governor Andrew Cuomo has just crossed the Rubicon and will call the National Guard to help control the coronavirus epidemic that New York is experiencing.
New York State has seen an explosion of cases and if the rest of the world is a guide to controlling this and slowing down the transmission so as not to overwhelm it, our health system is essential for saving lives.
However, this is a big step and it is hoped that many people who are not taking it seriously will start doing so.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that the National Guard will be deployed to New Rochelle to help manage the coronavirus epidemic.
The governor made the announcement in Albany confirming that the state had a total of 173 positive virus cases.
Note that New Rochelle, where the first positive case in the state was confirmed, is the most affected by the epidemic with a total of 108 cases. Many of the cases can be linked to the 50-year-old lawyer.
To help contain the spread of the epidemic in the area, Cuomo said there will be a 1 mile containment area around New Rochelle. The National Guard will be deployed in the area to provide food and help clean surfaces.
As of March 12, there will also be a two-week period in which all public facilities within the containment area will be closed, including all schools.
Meanwhile, the state and a private health system will set up a temporary test center in the area.
“This is literally a matter of life or death,” said Cuomo of the epidemic.
He said he understands that the closure will cause an area outage, but that it needs to be done to slow the spread of the virus and give scientists more time to study the virus and find the best recommendations for those who have fallen ill.
The governor stressed that the virus is still very new to the world and that many doctors disagree on how long the virus can live on hard surfaces. For this reason, it calls on all state public transport agencies to double their cleaning and disinfection efforts.