Rural America is experiencing 'disaster gentrification' as wealthy Covid-19 evacuees from the hotspot cities flock to the relative safety of picturesq
Rural America is experiencing ‘disaster gentrification’ as wealthy Covid-19 evacuees from the hotspot cities flock to the relative safety of picturesque towns.
In Blaine County Idaho, home to Sun Valley ski resort, more than half of the houses are rental properties. As of yesterday 228 had tested positive for the disease, around 10 percent of its population.
‘People come here from all over the world,’ ER doctor Brent Russell told the Idaho Statesman.
‘When I’m in the ER, I get people from New York, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Seattle. Every week there’s people from those places.
‘Most likely someone from an urban area or multiple people from urban areas came here and they just set it off.
A member of the Rhode Island National Guard approaches a property to check for New Yorkers on Saturday after the state ordered mandatory quarantine for people visiting from the hard-hit state
Tensions are rising in small towns where New York City residents have fled to escape the coronavirus hotspot as locals complain of ransacked supermarkets and hospitals grow more and more crowded. Pictured: A Stop & Shop store in East Hampton is overwhelmed by customers stocking up for self-isolation
This map ranks the states with the most Coronavirus cases. Michigan and Florida are emerging as hotspots for the virus
In North Haven, Maine, the local lawmakers have voted to ban visitors and seasonal residents to try to keep the spread of the virus out
Sun Valley’s little hospital has just two intensive care beds available and one ventilator.
From Maine to Washington, rural areas are seeing hundreds of thousands of city dwellers with the ability to work from home heading to their seasonal homes or renting properties.
Not only does this put a strain on overburdened hospitals but the newcomers buy up rapidly depleting stocks in local supermarkets and pharmacies.
The White House has recommended that anyone leaving New York should self-isolate for 14 days, but there are no clear federal guidelines for the rest of the country.
In many parts of the country local residents are making their own rules. In Skamania County, Washington, signs saying ‘STAY OUT LOCALS ONLY,’ have been put up around town, Buzzfeed News reports.
Meanwhile in Dare County, North Carolina, police have a checkpoint to turn anyone away – even second-home owners – if they are not a full-time resident.
Maine’s North Haven island has banned all visitors, even those who own a property, while in nearby Vinalhaven, a group of locals locals downed a tree after spotting foreign state plates in one neighbour’s driveway.
Police said they were called last Friday afternoon to reports of ‘several people with guns’ threatening one man who had left his home to see why his cable service was down.
The National Guard has been deployed to knock door-to-door looking for anyone who has evacuated the coronavirus-stricken state and arrived in Rhode Island
Local residents in the Florida Keys waved goodbye to tourists on March 22 when they were all ordered to leave
Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Scott Ward questions a woman before she enters the Florida Keys
Empty selves in King Kullen in Bridgehampton on Tuesday as New Yorkers fleeing from the coronavirus hotspot are putting more pressure on grocery stores and locals struggle to find the supplies they need because of dwindling supplies
Kristen Bonner and Carla Litto relaxing in their convertible MB on the Shinnecock Inlet on Tuesday. Locals in vacation destinations popular with New Yorkers are concerned that they are bringing increased risk of the coronavirus with them
Cailin Sandvig and Justin Bracken load their family into a car to flee their apartment in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, for ‘a big old house in Illinois’
In a Facebook post Knox County Sheriff’s Office said: ‘Deputies have learned that there is a general belief by some island residents that the Cripple Creek Residents are supposed to be quarantined because they came here from another state and could have Covid-19.’
In other areas, such as Marfa, Texas, local authorities have banned all short-term leases of properties to discourage coronavirus refugees.
In Montana’s Whitefish zipcode rental revenue is estimated to have risen from $1.1million to $2.1million this March compared with the previous year, Buzzfeed reported.
One rental company was even forced to apologise after outrage that it had sent out an email advertising the area’s ‘low population to help with social distancing’ for those ‘looking for a great spot to isolate or self-quarantine.’
Local leaders in The Hamptons are calling on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to issue a travel ban from the city, to stop any more coronavirus refugees from the Big Apple.
Meanwhile Rhode Island is sending out the National Guard to hunt down escaping New Yorkers, after wealthy residents and celebrities have taken over.
Beaches in the Hamptons over the last week have seen a surge in people. Normally, they remain quiet until the summer months
Florida, Texas, South Carolina and Maryland also require a mandatory 14-day quarantine for new arrivals from New York.
Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell said the New Yorkers are putting local Hamptons residents at risk.
‘A new trend is taking place that puts our residents at further risk – people seeking refuge from the metropolitan areas. It is simple math: the more people that come, the greater the spread and the greater the confirmed case,’ he told NY Post.
Russell also warned that the panic-buying frenzy from wealthy New Yorkers stockpiling food and essential items has left locals without enough to meet their basic needs.
He told the paper: ‘We have a limited number of stores trying to keep their shelves stocked and ration out supplies as best they can.
‘Local residents are finding it difficult to meet even their most basic needs.
‘Unnecessary hoarding and the recent, sudden expansion of the population by those who come are making it far worse.’