PK Note: Stay safe and healthy out there, especially those on the verge of being quarantined in New York/New Jersey. Need a good book to read, pick up a copy of the PK anthology Because We Live Here. Stay safe and Godspeed.
It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine.
Hamptons seek travel ban on corona-fleeing New Yorkers, PageSix.com, March 27, 2020
The move comes after Dr. Deborah Birx, of the White House coronavirus response team, said at a press conference this week with President Donald Trump that cases of the virus were spreading from New York City with people trying to flee the epicenter of the virus.
Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell said, “A new trend is taking place that puts our residents at further risk — people seeking refuge from the metropolitan areas. It is simple math: the more people that come, the greater the spread and the greater the confirmed cases.”
Amid alarming scenes of empty shelves in Hamptons stores and people lining up at 6 a.m. to grab basic supplies as deliveries arrive, he said, “We have a limited number of stores trying to keep their shelves stocked and ration out supplies as best they can. Local residents are finding it difficult to meet even their most basic needs. Unnecessary hoarding and the recent, sudden expansion of the population by those who come are making it far worse.”
Russell told Page Six by phone on Friday that he and the East End Mayors and Supervisors Association — representing all big towns out East — were urging Cuomo to issue a travel ban on all non-urgent journeys to the East End. And those who had recently arrived must quarantine inside for 14 days. He said, “We are not trying to tell those who have summer homes to stay away, this is about the people who really have no attachment to the community.
“There’s an influx of people we’ve never seen before. This is putting unnecessary stress on local resources and potentially on hospitals out East, which are very well managed, but have a limited supply of equipment.”
Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, who penned the letter to Cuomo on Friday, said he believes that already more than half of the summer homes — normally vacant this time of year — are occupied, doubling the local population. He said, “People out here are concerned that our hospitals and supermarkets will not be able to meet the needed demand if our population continues to surge. We are all doing everything we can to reduce new cases of Covid-19, but that is very challenging when new people are constantly entering the community from the NY Metropolitan area, an epicenter for the coronavirus.”
They acted after Dr. Birx said in a press conference with President Trump on Tuesday of New Yorkers fleeing the coronavirus epicenter, “Everybody who was in New York [City] should be self-quarantining for the next 14 days to ensure the virus doesn’t spread to others, no matter where they have gone, whether it’s Florida, North Carolina, or out to the far reaches of Long Island. We’re starting to see new cases across Long Island that suggest people have left the city. This will be very critical.”
The Post had earlier reported how wealthy people who flocked to the Hamptons to escape the coronavirus have been ransacking grocery stores in epic shopping sprees that are costing thousands of dollars a pop.
Since COVID-19 hit Long Island’s tony beach towns last week, its residents have been lining up for groceries and other essentials as they prepare to hunker down at home. But unlike in other parts of the country, Hamptonites are dropping massive amounts of money as they clean up on high-end goods, like salmon, steaks and rare bottles of wine, sources said.
World War Z was a terrible movie, but the book by Max Brooks is a must read. No, the world isn’t ending, but it’s changing quickly. And smart people hoping to influence the politics of the post-coronavirus world, especially in America, should be paying to attention to what’s happening in the northeastern part of the United States.
Rhode Island Police to Hunt Down New Yorkers Seeking Refuge, Bloomberg.com, March 27, 2020
Rhode Island police began stopping cars with New York plates Friday. On Saturday, the National Guard will help them conduct house-to-house searches to find people who traveled from New York and demand 14 days of self-quarantine.
“Right now we have a pinpointed risk,” Governor Gina Raimondo said. “That risk is called New York City.”
New York is the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., on Friday reporting a total of 44,000 cases.
Rhode Island has just over 200, and it has begun an aggressive campaign to keep the virus out and New Yorkers contained, over objections from civil liberties advocates.
Raimondo, a Democrat, said she had consulted lawyers and said while she couldn’t close the border, she felt confident she could enforce a quarantine.
By the time you read this, President Trump may have ordered the quarantining of New York and New Jersey.
What happens is next is simple: We’ll find out if Diversity is REALLY our strength and to what levels the federal government is willing to go to protect Americans from the Coronavirus outbreak largely centered in New York City and surrounding areas.
With them, comes the coronavirus (China Virus/COVID-19… whatever you want to call it).
As Enoch Powell said so long ago, we will soon understand must be the basis of all sane policy enacted by the state: “the supreme function of statesmanship is to guard against preventable evils.”
Political correctness and anti-racism are perverse ideologies neutering logical and reasonable debate/decisions needed to protect the collective ahead of petty individual concerns.
It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine…