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Hamptons population doubles and rental prices soar as cases peak over 7,000

Small coastal towns that have taken in an influx of NYC’s elite fleeing the coronavirus epidemic are now reeling from a spike in COVID-19 cases as the prices of Hamptons rental homes soar from $5,000 to over $30,000 for just two weeks. 

The exodus of the Big Apple’s residents has caused some town populations to burgeon and practically double and rentals to skyrocket – but locals in these ‘refugee’ towns are becoming hostile and demanding city dwellers stay away from their vulnerable towns for fear they may bring the deadly infection.  

Suffolk County, home to the Hamptons, is seeing the biggest outbreak with 7,605 cases reported as of Wednesday, a 892 jump from the day prior with 897 people hospitalized and 69 deaths. 

However, the region only has 2,710 total hospital beds. As of Monday only 575 beds and 85 of 322 ICU beds were available. 

On the tiny 105-square-mile vacation island of Nantucket six cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed on Thursday. But the cottage hospital in the county only has 14 beds and enough protective medical supplies to last two weeks, as per CapeCod.com.  

This map shows where New York City's wealthy and elite have fled to across the Eastern seaboard, taking cover in Cape Cod, The Hamptons and Hudson Valley. However, these small towns are now grappling with COVID-19 outbreaks

This map shows where New York City's wealthy and elite have fled to across the Eastern seaboard, taking cover in Cape Cod, The Hamptons and Hudson Valley. However, these small towns are now grappling with COVID-19 outbreaks

This map shows where New York City’s wealthy and elite have fled to across the Eastern seaboard, taking cover in Cape Cod, The Hamptons and Hudson Valley. However, these small towns are now grappling with COVID-19 outbreaks

Small coastal towns that have taken in an influx of NYC’s elite fleeing the coronavirus epidemic are now reeling from a spike in COVID-19 cases as the prices of Hamptons rental homes soar from $5,000 to over $30,000 for just two weeks. Despite the outbreak, people are still out and about in the Hamptons, as pictured Wednesday

Small coastal towns that have taken in an influx of NYC’s elite fleeing the coronavirus epidemic are now reeling from a spike in COVID-19 cases as the prices of Hamptons rental homes soar from $5,000 to over $30,000 for just two weeks. Despite the outbreak, people are still out and about in the Hamptons, as pictured Wednesday

Small coastal towns that have taken in an influx of NYC’s elite fleeing the coronavirus epidemic are now reeling from a spike in COVID-19 cases as the prices of Hamptons rental homes soar from $5,000 to over $30,000 for just two weeks. Despite the outbreak, people are still out and about in the Hamptons, as pictured Wednesday

Suffolk County, home to the Hamptons, is seeing the biggest outbreak with 7,605 cases reported as of Wednesday, a 892 jump from the day prior. Two women pictured out in the Hamptons, New York on Wednesday

Suffolk County, home to the Hamptons, is seeing the biggest outbreak with 7,605 cases reported as of Wednesday, a 892 jump from the day prior. Two women pictured out in the Hamptons, New York on Wednesday

Suffolk County, home to the Hamptons, is seeing the biggest outbreak with 7,605 cases reported as of Wednesday, a 892 jump from the day prior. Two women pictured out in the Hamptons, New York on Wednesday

Despite social distancing rules people still flocked to shops in the Hamptons, that has seen a massive surge in outsiders trying to flee the coronavirus pandemic

Despite social distancing rules people still flocked to shops in the Hamptons, that has seen a massive surge in outsiders trying to flee the coronavirus pandemic

Despite social distancing rules people still flocked to shops in the Hamptons, that has seen a massive surge in outsiders trying to flee the coronavirus pandemic

A family in the Hamptons pictured out for a walk in Hamptons, New York on Wednesday, despite government warnings to stay indoors and practice social distancing

A family in the Hamptons pictured out for a walk in Hamptons, New York on Wednesday, despite government warnings to stay indoors and practice social distancing

A family in the Hamptons pictured out for a walk in Hamptons, New York on Wednesday, despite government warnings to stay indoors and practice social distancing 

In Suffolk County specifically the biggest number of cases are being reported in Babylon with 1,076 cases, Brookhaven with 1,082 cases, Islip with 1,496 cases and Huntington with 1,203 case.

Southampton, which is much smaller in comparison has 123 cases.

NYC ‘refugees’ flee to small East Coast towns 

Martha’s Vineyard, MA – 9 cases 

Nantucket, MA – 6 cases 

Newport, RI – 31 cases

Suffolk County, NY (The Hamptons) – 7,605 cases / 69 deaths

Southold, NY –  152 cases

Cape May County, NJ (Ocean City) – 34 cases  

Ocean County, NJ (Jersey Shore) – 1,371 cases / 38 deaths 

Monmouth County, NJ (Jersey Shore) – 1,458 cases/ 38 deaths 

Stats as of Thursday afternoon as per government data 

The town of Southold, a 404 square mile village on the northeastern tip of Long Island, New York, reported a rate of 6.4 infections per thousand residents on Wednesday – that’s higher than New York City’s rate at 5.2 positive cases per thousand residents as of Wednesday. 

People have been spotted all week in the Hamptons on the beach and at local businesses, despite orders to stay indoors.   

In Martha’s Vineyard there are nine confirmed cases and the tiny island and Martha’s Vineyard’s sole hospital is scrambling to prepare for the worst after testing 113 people and setting up a drive-through testing facility. 

The hospital only has 25 beds and at current capacity space for nine. 

On Wednesday morning a convoy of National Guard trucks arrived by ferry to deliver an isolation tent to the Edgartown house of correction as a precaution for staff if needed, however there’s been no cases of COVID-19 among inmates. 

In Upstate New York’s Rensselaer County there 60 cases of the virus with ‘seven at least that are direct from New York City’, according to Rensselaer county executive Steve McLaughlin.

The County reported its first coronavirus related death on Thursday – a 68-year-old Sand Lake man. 

He said ‘many, many, many’ people have arrived in recent weeks as the county is just a three hour drive from the big city.   

In New York state there are over 92,000 cases and over 2,300 deaths

In New York state there are over 92,000 cases and over 2,300 deaths

In New York state there are over 92,000 cases and over 2,300 deaths

‘They’re coming up and they’re occupying hotel rooms, Airbnbs, that type of thing,’ McLaughlin said to The Guardian. 

He appealed to Governor Andrew Cuomo to ban travel from New York City to other parts of the state to no avail and mandated that anyone coming upstate from the city must contact local officials and be subjected to a 14-day quarantine. 

‘You get a lot of people who are just plain scared who say: “Keep them out, keep them out,”‘ he said. 

‘I take the more middle-of-the-road approach. Nobody has the authority at my level to do in a shelter-in-place kind of order. So, all right, you’re free to travel, just be considerate of your fellow American, your fellow New Yorker,’ he added. 

Newport, Rhode Island reported just eight cases on COVID-19 two days ago. As of Thursday that number rose to 31 cases.

Statewide there are 566 cases of the virus and there have been 10 deaths.  

Rhode Island Governor Gina M Raimondo issued an executive order saying that anyone coming to the state from New York must self-quarantine immediately for 14 days after people flocked to the beach town Newport. She later amended that order to apply to anyone coming into the state for non-work related reasons. 

The flurry of visitors to the Hamptons has left local grocery stores completely ransacked. Depleted shelves in Westhampton Beach pictured Tuesday

The flurry of visitors to the Hamptons has left local grocery stores completely ransacked. Depleted shelves in Westhampton Beach pictured Tuesday

The flurry of visitors to the Hamptons has left local grocery stores completely ransacked. Depleted shelves in Westhampton Beach pictured Tuesday

The King Kullen grocery store in Bridgehampton was left practically empty after visitors cleared out shelves on Tuesday

The King Kullen grocery store in Bridgehampton was left practically empty after visitors cleared out shelves on Tuesday

The King Kullen grocery store in Bridgehampton was left practically empty after visitors cleared out shelves on Tuesday

Out of stock: Some groceries stores were left completely empty in the Hamptons as the towns grapple with thousands of new comers trying to escape the coronavirus crisis

Out of stock: Some groceries stores were left completely empty in the Hamptons as the towns grapple with thousands of new comers trying to escape the coronavirus crisis

Out of stock: Some groceries stores were left completely empty in the Hamptons as the towns grapple with thousands of new comers trying to escape the coronavirus crisis

A woman and two young children headed out to the beach int he Hamptons on Thursday

A woman and two young children headed out to the beach int he Hamptons on Thursday

A woman and two young children headed out to the beach int he Hamptons on Thursday

Despite over 7,000 cases in Suffolk County, the region only has 2,710 total hospital beds. As of Monday only 575 beds and 85 of 322 ICU beds were available. Locals pictured out fishing despite orders to stay at home

Despite over 7,000 cases in Suffolk County, the region only has 2,710 total hospital beds. As of Monday only 575 beds and 85 of 322 ICU beds were available. Locals pictured out fishing despite orders to stay at home

Despite over 7,000 cases in Suffolk County, the region only has 2,710 total hospital beds. As of Monday only 575 beds and 85 of 322 ICU beds were available. Locals pictured out fishing despite orders to stay at home

People were seen deliberately disregarding orders to social distance and stay indoors in the Hamptons on Wednesday

People were seen deliberately disregarding orders to social distance and stay indoors in the Hamptons on Wednesday

People were seen deliberately disregarding orders to social distance and stay indoors in the Hamptons on Wednesday

Nine cases of coronavirus have been reported in Martha's Vineyard, after the nation's wealthy fled to their summer homes on the idyllic New England island to escape the pandemic. Martha's Vineyard Hospital is now bracing for a surge in cases, its health workers pictured above holding up signs that say: 'We stay at work for you please stay at home for us!'

Nine cases of coronavirus have been reported in Martha's Vineyard, after the nation's wealthy fled to their summer homes on the idyllic New England island to escape the pandemic. Martha's Vineyard Hospital is now bracing for a surge in cases, its health workers pictured above holding up signs that say: 'We stay at work for you please stay at home for us!'

Nine cases of coronavirus have been reported in Martha’s Vineyard, after the nation’s wealthy fled to their summer homes on the idyllic New England island to escape the pandemic. Martha’s Vineyard Hospital is now bracing for a surge in cases, its health workers pictured above holding up signs that say: ‘We stay at work for you please stay at home for us!’

A COVID-19 testing tent at Martha's Vineyard hospital pictured above

A COVID-19 testing tent at Martha's Vineyard hospital pictured above

A COVID-19 testing tent at Martha’s Vineyard hospital pictured above

Stony Brook Eastern Long Island is the biggest hospital in Southold. There are 29 hospitals on Long Island in Suffolk County, where the Hamptons are located, according to the Department of Health, but many of them are small and spread out

Stony Brook Eastern Long Island is the biggest hospital in Southold. There are 29 hospitals on Long Island in Suffolk County, where the Hamptons are located, according to the Department of Health, but many of them are small and spread out

Stony Brook Eastern Long Island is the biggest hospital in Southold. There are 29 hospitals on Long Island in Suffolk County, where the Hamptons are located, according to the Department of Health, but many of them are small and spread out

Newport, Rhode Island reported just eight cases on COVID-19 two days ago. As of Thursday that number rose to 31 cases. An arriving traveler fills out a form with the National Guard on March 29 in Warwick, Rhode Island

Newport, Rhode Island reported just eight cases on COVID-19 two days ago. As of Thursday that number rose to 31 cases. An arriving traveler fills out a form with the National Guard on March 29 in Warwick, Rhode Island

Newport, Rhode Island reported just eight cases on COVID-19 two days ago. As of Thursday that number rose to 31 cases. An arriving traveler fills out a form with the National Guard on March 29 in Warwick, Rhode Island 

Small town towns flood with thousands of people and homes that rent for $5K a month are now selling for $30K for just two weeks 

In areas of Upstate New York including Hudson Valley and the Catskills rental prices have quadrupled as desperate New Yorkers seek safer pastures. 

In New York state there are over 92,000 cases and over 2,300 deaths. Over 47,000 of those cases and 1,000 deaths are in New York City.  

‘This is unprecedented. It’s like a panic. I have never placed so many people in rentals in one week, and at these prices, ever. Even in the summer,’ Delyse Berry, of Upstate Down, a Hudson Valley real estate advisory and management firm, said to CNBC.

In Hudson Valley, homes that typically go for $4,000 a month during the winter and early spring are now going for up to $18,000 for the month of April. 

In Hudson Valley, homes that typically go for $4,000 a month during the winter and early spring are now going for up to $18,000 for the month of April. Hamptons homes that typically go for $5,000 a month in winter months are now selling for $30,000 just for the last two weeks of March. A waterfront home in Southampton pictured above

In Hudson Valley, homes that typically go for $4,000 a month during the winter and early spring are now going for up to $18,000 for the month of April. Hamptons homes that typically go for $5,000 a month in winter months are now selling for $30,000 just for the last two weeks of March. A waterfront home in Southampton pictured above

In Hudson Valley, homes that typically go for $4,000 a month during the winter and early spring are now going for up to $18,000 for the month of April. Hamptons homes that typically go for $5,000 a month in winter months are now selling for $30,000 just for the last two weeks of March. A waterfront home in Southampton pictured above 

AirBnb is also jacking up their prices selling Hamptons homes for a between $20,000 to over $30,000 for the entire month of April

AirBnb is also jacking up their prices selling Hamptons homes for a between $20,000 to over $30,000 for the entire month of April

AirBnb is also jacking up their prices selling Hamptons homes for a between $20,000 to over $30,000 for the entire month of April

 

Berry noted that people are so desperate to flee the city some are demanding houses and to move in the very same day. While the average rental period is eight weeks, families are snapping up properties to rent for several months or even a year.  

There’s been a similar desperate demand for properties in the lush Hamptons.  

Rent surges in wealthy East Coast enclaves as NYC refugees arrive by the thousands

The popular vacation suburb of Southampton has already seen its population swell from 60,000 to over 100,000 over the past few weeks.

Hamptons homes that typically go for $5,000 a month in winter months are now selling for $30,000 just for the last two weeks of March.

One oceanfront home in the Hamptons has been rented out for the month of April for a whopping $100,000.

Airbnb is selling Hamptons homes for $15,000 to over $30,000. 

In Hudson Valley, homes that typically go for $4,000 a month during the winter and early spring are now going for up to $18,000 for the month of April. 

The popular vacation suburb of Southampton has already seen its population swell from 60,000 to over 100,000 over the past few weeks. 

Long Beach Township Mayor Joseph Mancini, who said his little town has tripled in size from 15,000 residents to 45,000. 

Gary DePersia, a leading Hamptons realtor with Corcoran, said one oceanfront home just rented for $100,000 for the month of April.

‘People are calling and saying “I need a rental, and I need to start today.” For the off-season, this is unbelievable demand,’ he said.   

Hamptons homes that typically go for $5,000 a month in winter months are now selling for $30,000 just for the last two weeks of March.

AirBnb is also jacking up their prices selling Hamptons homes for a between $20,000 to over $30,000 for the entire month of April.  

Locals lash out at NYC’s elite fleeing to coastal towns 

The county’s official Facebook page is besmirched with angry comments telling city dwellers to leave their towns.

‘Put the National Guard right at the damn Hudson River or other points, nobody crosses that line,’ one person wrote.

‘Think about our families too, STAY DOWN THERE,’ another added.

The county's official Facebook page is besmirched with angry comments telling city dwellers to leave their towns

The county's official Facebook page is besmirched with angry comments telling city dwellers to leave their towns

The county’s official Facebook page is besmirched with angry comments telling city dwellers to leave their towns 

 

‘Steve, why the hell can we bring NYC patients up here to help them but we can’t even get test kids???’ one angry Facebook user wrote to the county executive. 

‘I will still say NYC should contain and not allow traveling outside of the city. The city is the epicenter, and by moving people out is only going to infect others . It may also start to decrease the numbers downstate and increase numbers in upstate. We all need to continue to follow guidelines of washing hands and safe distancing . Stay safe all,’ another added.

‘Watching people out there playing tennis in [Amagansett] on my way home from my essential job was infuriating. This is not a frikkin’ vacation. All that talk of the us v them and us playing nice, to score the summer bucks … pssh,’ one Facebook user wrote on the official East Hampton page.  

 

Source: dailymail US

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