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White House officials: People who have left New York City should self-quarantine for 14 days

"Everybody who was in New York should be self-quarantining for the next 14 days to ensure that the virus doesn't spread to others," a doctor for the White House coronavirus response effort said.

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White House officials have urged people who have left New York City amid the outbreak to self-quarantine for 14 days after their departure, owing to the widespread rate of infection in the metro area.

New York has more cases than any other state. Even so, New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that the state is expecting a height of coronavirus infections to come in two to three weeks.

Meanwhile, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday he plans to expand his already far-reaching executive order mandating a 14-day self-quarantine or isolation period for travelers coming to Florida from airports in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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DeSantis said he will sign an additional order to make his original mandate apply retroactively to anyone who has traveled to Florida from those states in the last three weeks.

"Now is the time to take care of yourself, stay away from crowds, stay at home as much as you can and do the right things for yourself and your community," DeSantis, a Republican, said.

Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House's coronavirus response coordinator, referenced DeSantis' order at a news conference later Tuesday while urging everyone who has left the New York area to self-quarantine for 14 days, wherever they are.

"To everyone who has left New York over the last few days, because of the rate of the number of cases, you may have been exposed before you left New York and I think like Gov. DeSantis has put out today, everybody who was in New York should be self-quarantining for the next 14 days to ensure that the virus doesn't spread to others," she said.

"No matter where they have gone whether it's Florida or North Carolina or out to the far reaches of Long Island," Birx added.

DeSantis said that members of the Florida National Guard were at Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Tuesday, providing information to travelers from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut in compliance with the executive order he issued Monday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.