The Governor of New York State has ordered the National Guard to deploy in order to contain the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Specifically, the New York National Guard will be responsible for containing the area around New Rochelle, a small town a few miles north of New York City in Westchester County. The troops will assist in the decontamination of schools, places of worship, and large public areas, all of which have been closed and will remain closed for at least two weeks. Additionally, the will help in maintaining law and order and provide the essentials to the residents of New Rochelle.

These measures reflect preventive actions taken elsewhere in the country. In California, for example, some counties have already banned gatherings of more than 1000 people. Here is some advice on how to best prepare.

“New Rochelle, at this point, is probably the largest cluster of these cases in the United States,” said Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.