Over 1K people self-quarantine after contact with Westchester coronavirus patient

Posted: 5:59 PM, Mar 04, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-04 19:20:49-05

NEW YORK — More than 1,000 people who may have come into contact with New York's second confirmed coronavirus patient or his family are now under self-quarantine.

"We're taking an abundance of caution," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at an early afternoon news conference.

The people had been at services or events held at Young Israel of New Rochelle in Westchester County, where the patient, a 50 year-old lawyer, is congregant.

The scope of the self-quarantine was revealed following a meeting Cuomo held with politicians, health officials and leaders of the Westchester Jewish community.

“I feel good about how the meeting went,” Ari Berman, president of Yeshiva University, told PIX11 News.

The university, which has several campuses in Manhattan, is where the 20-year-old son of the Westchester lawyer attends college. He lives in the men's dormitory in upper Manhattan but has been quarantined in his family's New Rochelle home since Feb. 27, school officials said.

He also tested positive for the coronavirus, as did his mother, his 14-year-old sister and a neighbor who drove the Westchester attorney to the hospital.

They’re all among the more than 1,000 Westchester County residents who are self-quarantined. The quarantine will last at least through Friday, according to health officials.