Top film school in Arizona has become a virtual ghost town.
At least, that’s what the town of Phoenix, Arizona, hopes it is, as a ghost town it’s now shut down after the city was forced to evacuate due to the outbreak.
More: Phoenix Police said “a lot of people” were worried about their safety.
“We have a lot of folks who are in the Phoenix area,” Phoenix Police Chief Gary L. Hill told CNN.
“We have people who are just in shock.
It’s a huge city, it’s a great city.
We have an abundance of people that are just trying to make their lives a little bit easier.”
Phoenix is one of many cities, including Austin, Texas, and New York City, that have reported having a large number of confirmed cases of coronavirus.
Officials in New York and Texas have shut down or restricted access to schools, and the city of Los Angeles also shut down its public schools.
“A lot of families are concerned about their health, especially young children, as well as families that work in the film industry,” Hill said.
“They may not be in the city anymore, but the city is a big, big place, and it’s very much an entertainment hub,” Hill added.
“There are a lot people that have been impacted, and we have a good team working to get them back into the community.”
A few weeks ago, Phoenix Police told the news media it had closed the town’s main street, which is a main artery for the town and a major crossroads for many in the community.
“It’s really sad that we have to close that street down,” Mayor Jim Gray said on Monday.
“I have seen so many people come into town that are worried about what they’re going to be able to do with their own personal safety,” said Gray.
The city said it would reopen its streets to traffic, and some businesses in town reopened.
But not everyone is so happy.
“I would just like to say I hope it is over soon,” said Mark, who asked that his last name not be used.
He said he would like to move out of Phoenix but said he didn’t have the funds to relocate.
A spokesperson for the Phoenix Police Department said they were aware of concerns in the area.
Phoenix Mayor Jim Ivey also said he was “sickened” by the outbreak, and called for increased security at public events.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the total number of cases of the coronaviruses has reached nearly 9,000 in the United States.
The first confirmed case of coronovirus in the US was in February, when a man who had visited a clinic in Arizona contracted the virus.
Since then, more than 9,300 Americans have tested positive for the virus, and about 30,000 people have died from it.
The CDC said this week that there has been a decline in the number of new cases in the U.S. since March.
Officials said there was a significant increase in infections and deaths in the first week of July.