About 1,000 New Yorkers were quarantined, in anticipation of having acquired the coronavirus from being around people diagnosed with the disease.
Just 48 hours after a family became ill in densely populated Westchester County, the county went into crisis and Jewish schools and synagogues were closed, the Washington Post reported.
“People think it’s Armageddon and they’re never going to leave their house again,” said Josh Berkowitz, the owner of Eden Wok restaurant in the Westchester County, in the town of New Rochelle, where the family tested positive from the coronavirus.
Many of his customers are in self-quarantine and receive their food at home, although they don’t come into contact with the employees who deliver it.
The community is mainly made up of Jews, who are very close, and who often go to the same public places, such as schools and restaurants, and celebrate together the ceremonies of their religion.
“There’s a real sense of mutual support and mutual care. There’s a real sense of connectedness that is an extension of their Judaism,” said Rabbi Jeffrey Sirkman of Temple Larchmont, a synagogue in a neighboring town, according to the Washington Post.
The first one from this community to be diagnosed was a 50-year-old lawyer, then his wife, his two children, and the friend who drove them to the hospital.
The university and academy where the boys study were closed as a precaution.
There are now 11 people in New York City who have been contaminated, and authorities are urging them to remain calm.
“We have an epidemic caused by coronavirus, but we have a pandemic that is caused by fear,” said Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (Democrat).
“The more you test, the more positive cases you will find,” he added.
About 300 students also came under observation, as they are studying in countries such as China, Italy, Japan, and South Korea that have high numbers of coronavirus patients.
The Trump administration has taken health precautions seriously to protect citizens from the impact of the coronavirus.
As of March 4, there were more than 100 confirmed cases of the virus in the United States, spread across 13 of the states.
After requesting $2.5 billion to combat the possible effects of the disease, Congress approved $8.3 billion, more than triple the amount initially required.
“This moment calls for collaboration and unity,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), according to Fox News.
“It’s time to give our public health experts and health care professionals the surge resources they need at this challenging time,” he added.