BREAKING: New York Mayor de Blasio says a shelter-in-place order for New York City is definitely a possibility, New Yorkers should prepare now. He says decision likely in the next 48 hours
— Josh Lederman (@JoshNBCNews) March 17, 2020
NEW YORK CITY – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio warned New Yorkers on Tuesday to be prepared for a potential shelter-in-place order.
“It’s definitely a possibility,” de Blasio said. “A decision will be made within the next 48 hours.” He did say that such an order would be “particularly difficult in a city like New York,” and many New Yorkers would lose their jobs under such a scenario.
As of midday Tuesday, New York City had 814 confirmed cases and seven deaths. De Blasio also announced that new testing capabilities would allow 5,000 patients to be tested per day in the city, and testing capabilities would be ramped up as needed. “We are certainly going to have in the multiples of thousands of cases by next week,” the mayor warned.