In New Rochelle, coronavirus patients have been asymptomatic for weeks. They’re still quarantined.
CLOSE A member of the New Rochelle synagogue with the first COVID-19 victims is still under isolation despite being asymptomatic for weeks. Rockland/Westchester Journal NewsNEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. — Eli Epstein had a low-grade fever for a day or two in early March and tested positive for coronavirus as it spread through his neighborhood in New Rochelle.He has felt fine since. His wife tested positive, too, but never got sick.Now, about 20 days later, they are still under a state-ordered quarantine — along with about 100 other congregations from Young Israel of New Rochelle, which was one of the initial hot spots for the virus in the country.The problem is he and others are still testing positive for the virus, even though they have had no symptoms for weeks. “We’re waiting for some rule that tells us how we can resume our lives,” Epstein said. “We’re completely asymptomatic.” US coronavirus map: Tracking the outbreakThe state Department of Health is requiring anyone in the New Rochelle epicenter, in particular, to stay quarantined until their test results come back negative.But with a growing dearth of tests and unknowns about how long the virus might linger in a person’s body — even if it appears they