Prepare to shelter in place: NYC mayor

Prepare to shelter in place: NYC mayor

Prepare to shelter in place: NYC mayor

"Even though a decision has not yet been made by the city or the state, New Yorkers should be prepared right now for the possibility of a "shelter in place" order".

The Mayor acknowledged that implementing such stringent measures like a virtual lockdown in a city like NY will be "particularly difficult" given its large population.

A shelter-in-place order would require New Yorkers to stay at home except for essential activities such as seeking medical help and getting medications and groceries.

New York City is not now under any kind of forced orders to stay at home, but the city has already taken steps to limit residents from leaving their homes.

But if there is still not enough compliance, the city may soon enforce new rules restricting people to their homes unless they can prove they have a good reason to stay outside, Emergency Management Commissioner Deanne Criswell said in an interview.

Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb warned on CBS News' "Face the Nation" Sunday that if the coronavirus outbreak in New York City reaches the level it did in Wuhan, China, it would "overwhelm" the health care system. In total, about 4,000 tests have been conducted statewide with 1,000 occurring in the five boroughs.

Even with the "most flawless shutdown scenario", federal intervention will be necessary, said de Blasio.

But the mayor had a less definitive position on San Francisco's latest guidelines, noting that all options are still being considered in the city's response to the coronavirus.

Cuomo, a Democrat like de Blasio, said he did not think sheltering in place would be effective.

"We are all deeply concerned". "They still have to pay for food and rent and medicine and all the basics". As New York deals with the COVID-19 pandemic, de Blasio believes a shelter-in-place order will be issued for all of the Empire State in the next 48 hours. "Obviously, it's a decision we want to make in common". "Nobody is going to be quarantined", Cuomo said. "My judgment is - do whatever is necessary to contain this virus - and then we will manage the consequences afterwards".

But shortly after the announcement, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo dismissed the possibility of an imminent order, saying the measure doesn't "really work" for one locality.

Cuomo said more may need to be done besides closing bars, restaurants, gyms and casinos to help prevent a worst-case scenario for transmission of the virus.

There are about 3,500 mechanical ventilators in the city's public and private hospitals, the tally found, not the 5,000 city officials including the mayor cited as recently as Tuesday afternoon.

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