Kiryas Joel: Authorities To Arrest Those Who Ignore Social Distancing Rules

Sign when entering Kiryas Joel, a Chassidic community in Upstate New York. (Source: Screenshot)

ORANGE COUNTY (VINnews) — Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus hosted an hour-long forum on Thursday to update the public on the current situation regarding Coronavirus in Orange County.

As of Wednesday, April 1, 1,782 people had tested positive for coronavirus. 227 people have been hospitalized. The death toll for the county is 25.

Just 38% of total hospital beds in Orange County are still available.

Commissioner of Emergency Services Brendan Casey addressed the forum later on.

Accoding to Casey, Governor Cuomo has authorized counties to create task forces of prosecutors, state police and local police to enforce social distancing in this time of coronavirus.

Casey said that the county intends to create such task forces, and will focus primarily in high-density areas, such as Kiryas Joel which houses 20% of the total postive cases in the county.

The social distancing offenders will be prosecuted by District Attorney David Hoovler.

Casey said that the leaders of Kiryas Joel have been made aware of the new protocol, and stand behind it.

Neuhaus urged the public to be on the lookout for anybody breaking the social distancing rules.

“If people are gathering, take a picture,” said Neuhaus, “then call the police, call your leaders.”

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