Closures in New Rochelle and new information about the coronavirus in Westchester

There are now 108 confirmed coronavirus cases in Westchester County. There are 173 cases throughout New York State.

At the governor’s direction, New Rochelle High School, Albert Leonard Middle School, and William B. Ward Elementary School will close for two weeks, March 11 through March 25. 
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a plan to deal with the coronavirus outbreak in New Rochelle, including deploying the National Guard to a containment area and setting up a satellite testing facility for the community.

The National Guard will help deliver food to homes and clean public spaces in the containment area, Cuomo said.

New York is also setting up a satellite testing facility, partnering with Northwell Health, in New Rochelle.

New Rochelle is “a particular problem,” Cuomo said, adding that “the numbers have been going up, the numbers continue to go up, the numbers are going up unabated.”

“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,” he said.

Cuomo described the cluster of confirmed coronavirus cases in New Rochelle as “probably the largest cluster in the United States,” adding it’s a “significant issue for us.” There are 108 confirmed coronavirus cases in Westchester County.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo described the “dramatic action,” detailing a two-week period where facilities in the New Rochelle containment would be closed.

Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker described it as an approximate radius of a mile of the containment area.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said starting March 12th large gathering facilities within that area, as well as schools within that area would be closed for two weeks.

This will go on through March 25th.

Submitted by Lewisboro, NY

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