New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo dismissed talk of a "shelter in place" order for the state on Tuesday night, shortly after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio urged residents to prepare for one.
De Blasio said on Tuesday that he may issue a "shelter in place" order for the city within the next two days.
"We are all deeply concerned," he said at a news conference, adding that it "is quite clear this is a fast-growing crisis."
"Even though a decision has not been made by the city or the state, I think that all New Yorkers should be prepared right now for the possibility of a shelter-in-place order," he said.
But shortly after, Cuomo told CNN's Jake Tapper that an imminent order was not being discussed,
"My job is to make sure that the state has a coordinated plan and it works everywhere. I don't think shelter in place really works for one locality," he said.
"I'm a New York City boy, born and raised if you can't tell, and we're very good at getting around the rules. You say shelter in place if you stay in New York City, I'll go stay with my sister in Westchester, right? I'll go stay with a buddy in the neighboring suburb of Nassau," he said. "So I don't think you can really do a policy like that just in one part of the state. So I don't think it works."
"As a matter of fact, I'm going so far that I don't even think you can do a state-wide policy." he added.
There were 1,706 confirmed cases of COVID-19 - the disease caused by the new coronavirus - in New York state as of Tuesday night. New York now the highest number of cases of any US state.
De Blasio said there were 814 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, in New York City: 248 in Queens, 277 in Manhattan, 157 in Brooklyn, 96 in the Bronx, and 36 in Staten Island.
Seven people in the city have died so far, he added.
A shelter-in-place order would require New Yorkers to stay at home except for essential activities such as seeking medical help and getting medications and groceries.
San Francisco implemented a shelter-in-place policy this week, requiring Bay Area residents to stay inside and step out only for essential needs. The order also allows for limited outdoor exercise, "provided the individuals comply with Social Distancing Requirements" that mandate keeping a distance of least 6 feet from other people.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has some basic guidelines for sheltering in place.
"If local officials tell you to 'stay put,' act quickly," the CDC's website says. "Listen carefully to local radio or television stations for instructions, because the exact directions will depend on the emergency situation."
The CDC also recommends that people:
As of Tuesday evening, more than 6,300 people in the US had tested positive for COVID-19 and at least 108 people had died.
Federal and state officials have significantly tightened restrictions on social movement in recent days as the coronavirus sweeps across the US.
President Donald Trump on Monday recommended that Americans avoid gatherings of more than 10 people. The White House also recommended that Americans homeschool their children, avoid nonessential travel, and avoid bars and restaurants.
The guidelines aren't mandatory, but they came after many cities and states, including New York, closed businesses such as theaters, bars, and gyms, required restaurants to provide only delivery and takeout, and prohibited large gatherings. Various states have also closed public schools.