WCBCS 880 News Radio reported on February 26, 2020 about Nassau County health officials warning residents about how over 80 people voluntarily quarantined themselves for possible exposure to the coronavirus.
The county’s Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein claimed that 175 residents have used some form of voluntary isolation from the public, family, and friends after traveling to China.
Although there have not been any confirmed coronavirus cases in the county, or the rest of New York, for that matter, there are 83 people still being isolated. In the case they are infected, they must be quarantined for 14 days to prevent the coronavirus from spreading.
“We check in with them every day for their temperature. They’re in communication with us, we’re in communication with them,” Dr. Eisenstein stated.
Six people apparently showed possible symptoms of the coronavirus, which included coughing and a fever. After being tested by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all six people received negative results for the virus.
“We discuss with them the importance of them voluntarily complying with removing themselves from contact with other people, and all of them, to this point, have understood,” the health commissioner commented.
All hospitals located in Nassau County have isolation rooms and although there have not been any mandatory quarantines, Dr. Eisenstein affirmed that they are ready to contain the spread of any potential outbreak in New York.
“If somebody were not compliant, we would take next steps. We are prepared for all circumstances,” he declared.
So far, over 80,000 people have been infected globally from the outbreak of the coronavirus that originally started in Wuhan, China. Over 2,700 people have died so far.
On February 26, 2020, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that he believes it’s “highly probable” that the coronavirus outbreak will reach New York.
“It is highly probable that you’ll see a continuing spread of this virus. It’s highly probable that we will have people in New York State who test positive,” he stated during a press conference.
He called to attention to the fact that the large amount of tourists who go to the state and New York City on a daily basis puts Nassau County and the rest of the state at risk. New York’s Department of Health plans on working with airports in the area to ensure employees receive proper training and have access to cleaning and protective equipment.
“New York is the front door, internationally. We have people traveling here from all across the world. You see how it’s spreading and affecting different countries – Italy recently – but that will continue. Again, I think it’s highly probable and no one should be surprised when we have positive cases in New York,” Cuomo stated.
The governor has plans of requesting several million dollars to help the health department should the virus come to the state.
“We’ll be sending an emergency supplemental appropriations bill up next week to the Legislature, asking for an additional $40 million as an emergency supplemental appropriation for the Department of Health,” Cuomo declared.
The money would go towards hiring additional staff, obtaining equipment, and other resources needed to address a potential coronavirus pandemic.
Cuomo is also planning to propose legislation to give power to Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker to guarantee that local health departments and public and private hospitals statewide take certain actions and measures as the circumstances require.
The governor is also demanding that the federal government authorize the Wadsworth Center and NYC Public Health Lab to test for the virus.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the coronavirus situation is a serious matter, but he emphasized that there is no cause for panic.
“New Yorkers I have often said do not scare easily, do not get intimidated, do not panic,” de Blasio said. “New Yorkers are very, very consistent. They’re tough, they’re resolute, they help each other, they know how to deal with pretty much anything so I’m going to ask everyone who’s listening to me right now — this is not the time to sow panic, this is the time to share information and help people. This can be dealt with, the places that have had the problem are the places that did not deal with reality; tat were not honest and open; that did not help people understand what to do; that did not make help available easily. We’re doing the exact opposite here in New York City.”
The Department of Homeland Security Has Plans to Undermine Immigration Enforcement
The Biden administration is working towards a de facto abolition of ICE.
Are Democrats going to appease their radical base by abolishing ICE?
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is now putting forward a plan to restructure the federal deportation agency in a way that effectively guts its traditional role of arresting and deporting criminal aliens in the country.
According to a Washington Times report by Stephen Dinan, Mayorkas revealed the idea last week in a telephone meeting with ICE personnel in Texas. In this call, Mayorkas proposed taking 4,000 members of ICE off the streets and transitioning them into roles of criminal investigators.
As a result of this proposed change, ICE agents would no longer be working to enforce laws against aliens illegally residing in the U.S. This entails reducing arrests and deportations.
A number of deportation officers said this move was similar to a major city police department shifting its beat cops into detective roles. As a result of this change, no one would be left to patrol the streets for lesser crimes.
“This is an administrative abolishment of ICE as we currently know it,” an ICE source told The Washington Times.
After the phone call, there were still many questions regarding Mayorkas’ intentions with ICE. Questions about what new training ICE agents would have to go through and the pay structure they would be subject to were not addressed.
According to The Washington Times, Mayorkas was of the opinion that ICE officers were in the wrong pay system. Mayorkas allegedly said that deportation officers are in the wrong pay scale but did suggest the idea of a pay raise.
Under the current federal government job system, deportation officers are categorized as GS-1801 jobs and usually fall under GS-12 pay scale. Criminal investigators hold GS-1811 jobs and fall under the GS-13 pay scale.
Mayorkas’ ploy is to use the promotion offers as a way to get ICE agents on board with his plan to gut deportation enforcement plans.
However, one source revealed that many officers feared that they were being forced out of their original jobs.
“It’s all spin,” the source declared. “We’re not going to abolish ICE, but we really are going to abolish ICE as you know it.”
The abolition of ICE is one of the chief slogans for the multicultural Left in recent years, which is committed to importing destabilization levels of migrants.
How ICE’s abolition would look is “tougher to pin down” as Dinan outlined.
They usually aren’t talking about investigating smugglers, street gangs or child pornographers. Homeland Security Investigations, with its 7,000-strong force of GS-1811 criminal investigators, perform those duties.
So far, the “Abolish ICE” crowd is in opposition to the Enforcement and Removal Operations, which is generally tasked with arrests, detention, and deportation of people illegally in the country.
Dinan listed off where the majority of these arrests came from:
Most of those arrests come from deportation officers picking up people who end up in local prisons or jails. But some fraction are at-large arrests in the community — particularly in areas where state and local sanctuary policies block access to prisons or jails.
The administrative tweaks Mayorkas is implementing are indeed a way to defang ICE in a subtle manner. A traditional legislative effort would likely cause massive backlash from voters who would likely take their anger out on politicians at the polls in 2022.
Border security is crucial in maintaining a stable polity. Republicans who have any iota of nationalism in their bones would take this issue and run with it.
Immigration still remains an issue that resonates well with the grassroots.
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