Rhode Island hunting down New Yorkers seeking coronavirus refuge

Rhode Island hunting down New Yorkers seeking coronavirus refuge
Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – Maybe the state could distribute yellow arm bands that New Yorkers are required to wear.]

Any New Yorkers in there?

Rhode Island plans to send the National Guard out to knock door-to-door in an attempt to hunt down anyone who has arrived in the tiny state from New York City during the coronavirus pandemic. State police, meanwhile, have begun pulling over cars with New York state plates.

Gov. Gina Raimondo said anyone traveling there from New York will be ordered to undergo a 14-day quarantine and could face fines or even jail time if they’re found to not comply.

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“Right now we have a pinpointed risk,” Raimondo said at a news conference Friday. “That risk is called New York City.”

Rhode Island, which had some 162 confirmed cases by late Friday compared to New York State’s total of more than 44,000, joined a host of other municipalities and states trying bar entry to New Yorkers living in the epicenter of the US’ coronavirus outbreak.

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