Transcript for New York sets containment zone, deploys National Guard
We want to get to the breaking news overnight on the coronavirus emergency. As you said moments ago, George, cases in the U.S. Crossing 1,000 overnight with at least 30 deaths. More than a thousand schools shutting their doors affecting 775,000 students all across the country. 18 states have declared a state of emergency including Massachusetts where the number of coronavirus cases doubled in just the past day, and now the irs is even considering moving the tax deadline past April 15th. We begin with that community just outside of New York City under a containment order this morning where a cluster of cases has broken out. The National Guard will be on duty there in Rochelle to enforce the one-mile radius under the order. Whit Johnson is there with the latest. Good morning, whit. Reporter: Michael, good morning. Officials tell us about 100 to 200 members of the national Guard will arrive here in Rochelle tomorrow to help clean and sanitize schools, public areas and even deliver food if needed. Governor Cuomo calling this deployment a dramatic effort to attack this outbreak at the source. This morning, New York ordering the nation's first containment zone as the number of those infected continues to climb. The governor aipting the National Guard to new Rochelle, a suburban coronavirus hot spot in northern Manhattan. This is a dramatic action. This is literally a matter of life and death. Reporter: That zone consisting of a one-mile radius around the Israel synagogue where dozens of people were exposed by that attorney. Most businesses and grocery stores will remain open, and people will be able to enter and leave the area. You're not containing people. It's facilities. Reporter: According to some residents, many are staying home. It's empty. I was there, and I'm there usually every weekend running errands. Stores were empty, and there's no one around. Reporter: Among the new cases statewide, two school bus drivers testing positive. Across the country, the death toll rising to at least 30, and at least 18 states declaring a state of emergency. Washington state reporting at least ten nursing homes with confirmed cases. Infections in Massachusetts more than doubling with at least 70 of the cases connected to a biogen employee conference held in Boston last month, and in Minnesota, a 30-year-old patient now in critical condition after experiencing flu symptoms and visiting a health facility last week, but was sent home without testing. You have to start taking seriously what you can do now that if and when the infections will come, and they will come. Reporter: Concerns of the spreading virus prompting a wave of cancellations, including the New York City half marathon and the ivy league basketball tournaments. Popular music festival Coachella postponed until October to avoid contamination. Apple and Google encouraging their employees to work from home, and universities like UCLA, duke and Ohio state university are canceling in-person classes. Harvard university forcing students to move out of the dorms and take online classes instead. Many of us are international students from countries where the coronavirus has basically halted all travel. Reporter: And "The New York Times" launching a deep cleaning of their news room in New York and D.C. Orders to stay home after some staffers attended a conference in New Orleans where an attendee tested positive for the coronavirus. Despite assurances fr the federal government, many local officials are still frustrated with the backlog and red tape when it comes to testing. In fact, we spoke to one infectious disease doctor in Massachusetts who says he has multiple patients showing possible symptoms and he still can't get them tested. Robin? All right, whit. Thank you.
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