New Bedford Mayor Pleads with New Yorkers to Self-Quarantine
New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell joined the Rock and Fox Show this morning to give the latest on the COVID-19 coronavirus and how it is affecting the SouthCoast.
Listen to Mayor Mitchell's coronavirus update on this morning's Rock and Fox Show:
The mayor talked about how pleased he was at the level of commitment most residents of Greater New Bedford are showing with regards to social distancing.
"I think we've done a fabulous job with social distancing and the other requirements," said Mitchell. "It's not easy, (so) let's give ourselves a little bit of credit."
While the mayor believes that this community discipline has played a part in the lighter numbers that we've seen here locally, he warns the SouthCoast that this is not the time to become complacent.
"It's no time for a victory lap, but hang in there, stick with it and it will make a difference," he said.
The mayor expressed strong concern about residents of New York, Connecticut, and even Boston traveling to their summer homes here on the SouthCoast. New York City, of course, has been one of the hardest-hit locations in the world for COVID-19. He pleaded with people traveling to the SouthCoast from other areas to please self-quarantine for 14 days so that infected people don't unintentionally spread the virus to residents here.
"We're not going to kick you out, but we ask you to stay right on your property," Mitchell said. "If you have the money for a second home you certainly have the money to afford a delivery service (for food)."