US President Donald Trump speaks to the press as he departs the White House in Washington, DC, on March 28, 2020.
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President Donald Trump said Saturday that he’s considering placing a short-term quarantine on New York, New Jersey and certain parts of Connecticut as the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread.
“I’m thinking about that right now. We might not have to do it but there’s a possibility that sometime today we’ll do a quarantine,” Trump told reporters at the White House Saturday. “Short-term, two week on New York, probably New Jersey and certain parts of Connecticut.”
Trump said he would make a decision today whether to enforce a quarantine. He made the remarks en route to the USNS Comfort stationed in Norfolk, a Navy hospital ship headed to New York that will provide an additional 1,000 hospital beds and 1,200 medical personnel.
Trump said he spoke with Florida Gov. Ron Desantis and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo this morning about the coronavirus outbreak. He said that Florida is “having problems” with a lot of New Yorkers visiting the state, worsening the spread of infection.
At a press conference in New York shortly after the conversation, Cuomo said he spoke with Trump Saturday morning but didn’t discuss a potential quarantine on the state. Cuomo said Trump approved four new sites for emergency medical facilities that would add an additional 4,000 hospital beds.
“I spoke to the president about the ship coming up and the four sites, I didn’t speak to him about any quarantine. No, I haven’t had those conversations,” Cuomo said.
As of Friday evening, 23 states across the country have issued stay-at-home orders or advisories that have included the closures of nonessential businesses.
The coronavirus has infected at least 105,573 people in the U.S. and has killed 1,710.