Authorities to establish a containment area around New Rochelle, N.Y., US, March 12-25, to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Severity: Warning Alert

The locations affected by this alert are:

  • New York City, New York
  • White Plains, New York

This alert began 10 Mar 2020 18:54 GMT and is scheduled to expire 26 Mar 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Restrictions
  • Location(s): New Rochelle, N.Y. (map)
  • Time Frame: March 12-25
  • Impact: Cancellation of large gatherings. schools closure; transport and business disruptions

Summary
Authorities in New York state plan to establish a containment area of 1.6 km (1 mile) in New Rochelle, New York, between March 12-25, in an attempt to contain the spread of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The area is centered around a synagogue that appears to be related to most of the confirmed COVID-19 cases in the region. Within the containment area, schools and places with major gatherings, such as community centers and places of worship, will be closed. Businesses will remain open, and people will not be banned from moving in or out of New Rochelle. The New York National Guard will be deployed to help deliver food to those quarantined in the city and to clean public places in the containment area.

Heightened security in New Rochelle is likely. Some business and transport disruptions are possible despite the new measures not including business closures. An increase in employee absenteeism in the area is possible, especially among employees who are parents or guardians of school-aged children.

Background and Analysis
Older individuals, infants, and those with chronic illness are more susceptible to infection and are at increased risk for severe complications. Human-to-human transmission can occur, though it remains unclear how easily the virus spreads between people.

COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions.

Advice
Confirm appointments in New Rochelle March 12-25. Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

Resources
New York State Coronavirus Updates

WHO coronavirus knowledge base


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