New York City may issue ‘shelter-in-place’ order in fight against coronavirus

NewYorkCity may soon force most people to stay home, except in emergencies or when purchasing basic necessities, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday, but state governor Andrew Cuomo, doubted it would work.

Any decision to make the shelter-in-place order would likely be made within the next 48 hours, but even if enforced, it would likely allow more than 8 million residents to make the trips necessary to purchase food or The mayor said the number of confirmed cases in the city has risen to 814.

Cuomo, a Democrat like de Blasio, said he did not think that a shelter there would be effective. “I don’t think you can really make a policy like this in one part of the state. So I don’t think it works,” he told CNN.

“In fact, I go so far that I don’t even think you can do state-wide politics,” said Cuomo.

New York, Washington State, and California account for the majority of confirmed cases of highly contagious respiratory disease in the United States. There have been 13 deaths in New York, according to a count from Johns Hopkins University.

Some 6.7 million people in the San Francisco Bay Area have already been ordered to stay home for all but the most critical outings until April 7.

NewYorkCity officials admitted on Tuesday that they still did not have all of the medical resources they were looking for and that they were receiving protective gear from the federal government that was past its expiration date.

The city has already asked New York to stay home when it can and has closed schools and limited bars and restaurants to take out or deliver.

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

A count of mechanical fans revealed that the city had far fewer life-saving machines than expected, she said.

There are about 3,500 mechanical ventilators in public and private hospitals in the city, according to the count, and not the 5,000 city officials, including the mayor, quoted Tuesday afternoon.

In the most severe cases of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus, patients need machines to breathe. Public health officials fear there may not be enough to go around, forcing doctors to make life and death decisions.

“We are actively trying to buy fans right now,” said Criswell.

“We have never been here before”

The city has asked the federal government to send 2.2 million N95 respiratory masks, which nurses and doctors put on their faces to avoid being infected by the patients they treat, from the national strategic stock.

“We have received 76,000,” said Criswell. “And they all expired.” It was unclear when, or if, the government would send the remaining 2.1 million masks.

The United States Department of Health and Human Services, which manages the stock and previously acknowledged that certain resources had expired, did not respond to a request for comment.

Federal health agency guidelines allow the use of expired masks in certain circumstances, which Criswell said the city would follow.

“We are facing an unprecedented disaster here and it will continue to grow rapidly and get worse before it gets better and we must ask the federal government to make sure we are getting the right resources to help our citizens”, she said. said.

The city has asked the US Navy hospital ship Comfort, which can care for up to 1,000 patients, to dock in New York, a request resumed by state lawmakers Tuesday, Criswell said.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Tuesday he ordered the Navy to prepare to deploy Comfort and a second hospital ship, Mercy, if necessary, but did not specify where.

“We have never been here before,” de Blasio said of a possible “shelter on site” order. “I’ve never heard of anything like this in the history of New York City. We’re going to have to create it from scratch, if we do.”

(REUTERS)