Two more states have been added to the list of places from where travelers to New York State are required to self-quarantine for 14 days to curb the spread of coronavirus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday.
Arizona and Maryland have been added to the list, which includes areas with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or an area with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average. Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania also now meet the criteria, but the governor is not including surrounding states in the quarantine order.
“There is no practical way to quarantine New York from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut,” Cuomo said. “There are just too many interchanges, interconnections, and people who live in one place and work in the other. It would have a disastrous effect on the economy, and remember while we’re fighting this public health pandemic we’re also fighting to open up the economy. However, to the extent travel between the states is not essential, it should be avoided.”
The list now includes 38 states, plus Guam and Puerto Rico, not including New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. No states were removed from the list this week. New York City has set up checkpoints at bridges and tunnels to ensure travelers from other states fill out the required contact tracing paperwork or face fines.
The full, updated travel advisory list is as follows:
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- New Mexico
- Puerto Rico
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
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