With New York City still “in the woods” per state Governor Andrew Cuomo (D), hotels in the city are gearing up to use 11,000 empty rooms as quarantine sites, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio via the Associated Press (AP).
The embattled New York City had looked toward vacant spaces like hotel rooms and college dormitories as interim hospitals for an overflow of coronavirus patients for at least several weeks. Now the city is planning to use the rooms as quarantine spaces for some people in crowded apartments, homeless shelters and for health care workers who don’t want to risk infecting family members.
“If there is a threat that someone might get infected in the home and it might spread amongst the members of that family, we have to guard against that,” de Blasio said.
Initial projections told officials that they would have to use a “vast number of hotels,” de Blasio said, but actual data ultimately required less accommodations.
This overestimation comes at a crucial point; the AP notes that New York City expects to spend $7.4 billion over budget during the course of the next 15 months fighting the coronavirus.
The city has reportedly spent $700 million so far. The New York City Independent Budget Office released a report estimating a $9.7 billion deficit in tax revenue for both the 2020 and 20201 fiscal year.
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