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CM Rodriguez: use Madison Square Garden, Barclays Center, armory for quarantine

From the New York Daily News today, New York City’s crowded apartments pose particular threat when it comes to coronavirus, cites Upper Manhattan Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez:
It would be unwise, he said, to release people from quarantine without test results that show immunity.

“I’ve been crying for this,” he said.

In an April 9 letter sent to Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio, Rodriguez suggested the city could use Madison Square Garden, the Barclays Center and the Armory in Washington Heights to help quarantine people.
Yesterday, in a press release headlined Do Not Let Another Latino, Afro-American, Asian, Or The Poorest New Yorker Die, he said:
We need to accomplish the following:

  • Completely close New York City for two weeks to curtail the spread of infection.
  • Implement mass testing in the poorest communities, such as we have seen done in the wealthier areas.
  • Work alongside the hotel industry to use the over 100,000 rooms they have available for New Yorkers who have tested positive for COVID19 and do not have the luxury or ability to self-quarantine.
  • Increase the level of care and attention given to the working class communities across the 5 boroughs.
  • Work alongside SOMOS, the Doctors' network that has the capability to test over 75,000 New Yorkers.
Stay tuned.

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