NYC residents fleeing coronavirus face scorn from upstate neighbors
Big Apple denizens sheltering upstate are not feeling the love.
Many city residents have been seeking greener, and safer, pastures amid the coronavirus pandemic – but rather than being welcomed, locals have showered them with hostility for possibly bringing the illness along, according to the Guardian.
Rensselaer County Executive told the news outlet that “many, many, many” people have recently arrived.
“They’re coming up and they’re occupying hotel rooms, Airbnbs, that type of thing,” said McLaughlin, adding that his county had 51 cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday — “seven at least that are direct from New York City.”
Last week, he appealed to Gov. Andrew Cuomo to ban all non-essential travel from Gotham to upstate.
When the governor declined, McLaughlin issued a public health order that anyone arriving from the coronavirus-ravaged city must contact local officials immediately and be subject to a 14-day quarantine.
“You get a lot of people who are just plain scared who say: ‘Keep them out, keep them out,’” he told the outlet.
“I take the more middle-of-the-road approach. Nobody has the authority at my level to do in a shelter-in-place kind of order. So, all right, you’re free to travel, just be considerate of your fellow American, your fellow New Yorker,” the county exec added.
But the county’s official Facebook page makes it clear what the local sentiments are.
“Put the National Guard right at the damn Hudson River or other points, nobody crosses that line,” one person wrote.
“Think about our families too, STAY DOWN THERE.”
In some parts of the Hudson Valley and in the Catskills, rental prices have quadrupled amid the influx of city residents — as locals worry about the ability of the rural communities to manage an outbreak, given shortages of medical supplies, struggling hospitals and less access to food supplies, according to the Guardian.
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