Orange County addresses Town of Palm Tree coronavirus predictions in viral video

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A viral video from a doctor has led the Orange County Health Department to look into the depth of the coronavirus outbreak in the Town of Palm Tree.

The doctor claimed that there are around 1,000 people who were "very vulnerable, seriously vulnerable" to the coronavirus in Town of Palm Tree . 


News 12 has confirmed with the Orange County executive's office that there are 10 confirmed coronavirus cases in Town of Palm Tree, with 68 cases confirmed countywide. A total of 1,000 tests are pending in Orange and hospitals in the county are at 50% capacity.

News 12 was told quarantine zones are now being considered, as well as temporary field hospitals, as the number of COVID-19 cases countywide continues to rise.

“We are concerned about the Town of Palm Tree, Village of Kiryas Joel. We have a number of cases that have been positive and a number of cases that we are waiting for results. Those results take a couple of days. If those folks aren’t sheltering or staying home and are out and about, now they were there spreading that virus more and more and more. That’s a huge concern for us," said Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus.  “I put an executive order, we put warnings out. They’ve been ignored by a lot of people. They are now finally being listen to but the damage is done and now I’m dealing with a bigger problem. They’ve made a problem worse. They’ve ignored governor's orders. So now they’ve created a situation for me that’s not only endangered their own individuals, they’ve endangered the public as a whole.”

Neuhaus said the county is going to have a lot more cases, more restrictions and people helping their neighbors there.

Palm Tree private school students remained in session this week through Tuesday, despite a county order to close. 
Schools were shut down after the governor ordered town officials to do so and a state of emergency there is now in place. 


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