NY expands list of states subject to COVID-19 quarantine

Eight more states added to New York's mandatory quarantine list

NY on Tuesday doubled to 16 the number of USA states whose residents must go into quarantine if they visit, Governor Andrew Cuomo said amid surging coronavirus infection rates. The states on the list can change on a daily basis.

Cuomo said visitors from California, Nevada, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee must now quarantine for 14 days if they travel to NY.

The initial eight states remaining on the list are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Utah, and Texas.

In addition to out-of-state visitors, the advisory covers CT residents who are returning from a listed state.

Any travelers from states that meet either of the two thresholds on coronavirus infection rates are being told they have to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arriving in Connecticut, New York, or New Jersey. Oklahoma has a origin-specific rule similar to the NY region rule, which also lists California as a high-risk state, triggering quarantine orders. The numbers are considered on a seven-day rolling average, according to Cuomo in the video you can watch HERE. In Western New York, the positive test rate jumped to 1.3 percent, up from 0.80 percent on Saturday and Sunday.

"If you are violating the quarantine, you can be subject to a judicial order and mandatory quarantine", Cuomo said last week.

The development comes as COVID-19 cases in NY - once the epicenter of the global pandemic, where more than 20,000 people have succumbed to the disease - trend downward while infection rates spike elsewhere.



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