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As medical staff struggle to even find enough funding for kits for their own employees, one solitary town not only has the kits needed for testing, but they are being protected and directly served by the national guard.
As the Coronavirus Epidemic sweeps the world, one in five students is currently out of school due to quarantine. The latest school closure has been Harvard, citing a lack of testing kits for proper quarantine. Currently, the US is in the absolute last place as far as testing is concerned, at only 5 tests per million. Yet for some reason one town has been made the exception.
That town is New Rochelle, one of the highest concentrations of Jewish citizens in New York. Gov. Cuomo has decided that these Jewish residents are at such high risk, they are not only quarantining the town, but calling in the National Guard to directly clean the streets, parks, and public areas. Furthermore, the national guard will be responsible for bringing food and medicine to the quarantined Jewish Population.
All of this, after only a single case of coronavirus was detected. Which begs the question, what is it that makes this town so special?
New Rochelle is located in Westchester County, where around 17% of the population is Jewish, according to a 2011 study by UJA-Federation of New York. The city is home to several synagogues of various denominations, as well as a half-dozen kosher restaurants. Several notable Jewish Americans come from the city, including “Fiddler on the Roof” composer Jerry Bock, Union of Reform Judaism president Rabbi Rick Jacobs, and “West Wing” actor Joshua Malina.
While ordinary Americans go without in a crisis, why do "certain" communities get priority?