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New Rochelle, in the national spotlight as major coronavirus cluster, begins a slow reopening

May 28, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The arrival of the National Guard in a suburb 25 miles north of New York City signaled a dramatic new front in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus.

Now, more than two months after the state set up a containment zone within New Rochelle, New York's original epicenter of the pandemic is slowly starting to reopen.

New Rochelle and New York City's northern suburbs in the mid-Hudson region began the state's four-phase reopening process on Tuesday after demonstrating declining hospitalizations and fatalities.

"New Rochelle at this point is probably the largest cluster in the United States of these cases," Cuomo said at the time.

As of Wednesday, New Rochelle's website said the city had 93 active cases -- part of a steady decline officials attribute to the drastic restrictions.

Three members of the Young Israel Congregation of New Rochelle, which the attorney attended, also tested positive for the virus, according to state officials.

Declaring New Rochelle a "true geographic cluster," Cuomo established a two-week containment zone encircling the synagogue that went into effect on March 12.

The containment zone was lifted on March 25 but the entire city of New Rochelle, like the rest of the state, remained under the governor's stay-at-home orders, which he had implemented on March 22.

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