WASHINGTON, DC — March 10, 2020 — As you likely know, Governor Cuomo today announced a one-mile wide containment zone in New Rochelle to help slow the spread of coronavirus or COVID-19. The containment zone will go into effect on Thursday, March 12 and end on Wednesday, March 25. The Governor took this action as Westchester County has become the epicenter of New York’s COVID-19 outbreak, with 108 confirmed cases as of March 10.
Facilities that host large gatherings of people such as schools and houses of worship that are in the containment zone will be closed. The following schools in the City School District of New Rochelle will be closed:
- Albert Leonard Middle School
- Ward Elementary
- New Rochelle High School
Educational materials will be provided to students to complete on computers. If your child needs a computer, please email the City School District of New Rochelle to request a Chromebook at Chromebook@nredlearn.org.
During this two-week period, residents of the containment zone not under any precautionary measures such as isolation or quarantine will be able to participate in, and go on with, normal activities. Governor Cuomo has deployed National Guard troops to New Rochelle to help clean public facilities as well as deliver food and supplies to affected individuals. Resources are being allocated locally for testing facilities, and on the federal level, we are working to get additional test kits to the region.
In addition, the following schools in the Tuckahoe Union Free School District will also be closed through the same duration:
- Tuckahoe High School
- Tuckahoe Middle School
- William E. Cottle School
In the coming weeks, it is important that we calmly heed the guidance from state officials and continue to adhere the safety guidelines put forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which are available here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html
If you have additional questions about COVID-19, please reach out to the New York State Department of Health hotline at 1-888-364-3065.
I’m proud to represent New Rochelle, Tuckahoe, and lower Westchester because I know how resilient our residents here are. I have no doubt we will come together in the time of this adversity, and together, we will overcome this virus.Please know that I will continue to update you as more information becomes available.
Additional Information on my work in Congress to address the Coronavirus:
As your Member of Congress, I am supporting legislation which helps address the COVID-19 outbreak in our district. On March 4, I helped pass a $8.3 billion emergency funding package which was signed into law that includes:
- $3 billion to support the development of treatments and vaccines
- $300 million to support access to the vaccine
- $2.2 billion in public health funding for prevention, preparedness and response, including nearly one billion specifically to alleviate the immense financial strain on severely affected states and municipalities.
Several drugs sold in the U.S. are made abroad in countries like China, which are dealing with severe outbreaks of COVID-19. As these international outbreaks grow, health experts believe the number of drug shortages will increase. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the first coronavirus-related drug shortage on February 27, 2020. I authored and introduced the bipartisan Preventing Drug Shortages Act, which would help mitigate the shortages of medicines essential to patient care by:
- Enhancing transparency throughout the drug supply chain, improving federal oversight of potential vulnerabilities and weaknesses
- Assess and strengthen the FDA’s interagency efforts to prevent drug shortages
- Empower the FDA to compel pharmaceutical companies to take action on securing vulnerabilities.
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SOURCE: Bryant Daniels | Communications & Deputy District Director | Congressman Eliot L. Engel