Dr. Deborah Birx, the response coordinator for the White House's COVID-19 task force, said Tuesday during a briefing that anyone who was in the NYC metro area over the past week to isolate themselves.
"About 56 percent of all the cases in the United States are coming out of that metro area and 60 percent of all the new cases are coming out of the metro NY area and 31 percent of the people succumbing to this disease".
People leaving the New York City metropolitan are being urged to self-quarantine for 14 days, White House officials said Tuesday as the rate of coronavirus infections in the state continue to spike.
Zucker spoke after a reporter asked New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to speak on the White House guidance as well as answer whether he, himself, would enter quarantine because he was in New York City on Tuesday. More than 12,300 of those cases were in New York City.
NY residents have been leaving for Florida, North Carolina, and Long Island to escape the disease, prompting officials to express concerns about spread. New Jersey ranks second with a little over 3,600 cases. NY was up to 30,811 confirmed cases as of Wednesday.
The warning against traveling outside of the region - and self-isolating if a person does - by the coronavirus task force comes a day after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ordering anyone arriving on a flight from the NY region to submit to self-quarantine for two weeks.
Thousands of New Yorkers have tested positive and New York City has been hit particularly hard.
"We have to deal with the New York City metro area as a high-risk area", said Vice President Mike Pence, chairman of the task force.
"Take the guidelines that we've issued and avoid nonessential travel", Pence added.
The mandatory quarantine "is the only way that we can be sure that that virus is not going to be reintroduced in the state of Florida and then spread", Gov. Ron DeSantis said at a press conference, adding that he discussed the measure with President Donald Trump.