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Vice President Pence and other federal officials suggested on March 24 that it would be a good idea for people to self-quarantine for two weeks if they’ve recently left or passed through New York City. Three days later President Trump declared that he was thinking of quarantining parts of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Then he backed off when Cuomo, according to the New York Times, said the notion “was at odds with Mr. Trump’s professed desire to restart the economy. ‘You would paralyze the financial sector,’ the governor said.”

Earlier, within New York State, several Hudson Valley county government leaders urged downstaters to stay put. Their plea extended not only to visitors but to those who own second homes (and pay property taxes) in their counties. For example, Sullivan County Public Health Director Nancy McGraw and County Manager Joshua Potosek specifically referenced the City when they wrote: “Please don’t travel here from another county or geographic area, including the five boroughs of New York City, which is experiencing community transmission of COVID-19.”

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