In the quaint seaside resort of Cape May at New Jersey’s southern tip, (a) – year-old man from New York City was the county’s first confirmed case of the coronavirus.
In Greene County, NY, home to the Catskill Mountains, the first four confirmed virus cases were all people from New York City.
As the coronavirus exploded in New York City, leaders and residents of areas that are seasonal refuges and second homes for city dwellers called for outside rs to stay away. fearing that an influx of people could strain resources, from supermarkets to parks, and overwhelm small hospitals.
“If I was in New York City and I had a place up here, I’d be here,” said Shaun Groden, the Greene County administrator. “But I’m not going to come here with some false sense of security that once you get upstate, you’ll be taken care of. It’s just the opposite. ”
Throughout the region, the virus seems to be mostly following a logical pattern of infection, growing outward from its epicenter of New York City.