New York expands quarantine restrictions to 36 total U.S. states and territories
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Editor’s note: This post has been updated to reflect new information, and was first published on June 24, 2020.
This is why we can’t have nice things: As the U.S. added 250,000 new coronavirus cases within one week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has extended the 14-day mandatory quarantine to five additional regions, for a grand total of 34 states as well as two territories: Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.
The last update came on July 21, one week prior:
New York, New Jersey and Connecticut earlier declared a mandatory 14-day quarantine for travelers entering from regions with heightened rates of COVID-19 cases.
“We now have to make sure that the [COVID-19 infection] rate continues to drop,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a June 24 Facebook live announcement alongside Governors Philip Murphy of New Jersey and Ned Lamont of Connecticut. “We also need to make sure the virus doesn’t come in on a plane.”
Related: A state-by-state guide to reopening
The travel advisory went into effect at midnight Thursday, June 25, and applies to anyone arriving from a state with a 10 percent or higher infection rate increase over a seven-day rolling average. Minnesota is no longer on the list.
As of July 28, the states to which this metric currently applies include:
- District of Columbia
- New Mexico
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Puerto Rico
- South Carolina
You can use this website to check for up-to-date information.
The New York quarantine measure is designed to curb the second wave of coronavirus infections, which spiked sharply after a number of states reopened their economies. As the situation develops, more regions may be added to the quarantine list.
Cuomo stated in mid-June that New York now has “The virus under control — but Florida doesn’t, Texas doesn’t, these other states don’t. And what happens if they get on a plane and they come to JFK? So, we get the infection rate down and then because other states are high, we could have a problem.”
New York state has asked police to check drivers with out-of-state license plates, perform random checks of visitors arriving by air, and has set up a hotline for residents to report offenders. New York is imposing fines of up to $10,000.
As of today, July 29, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has tallied more than 4.2 million cases and 147,672 U.S. deaths due to COVID-19 — an increase of two million cases and 26,000 deaths since this article was originally published on June 24, and an increase of 400,000 cases and 7,000 deaths over the past week alone.
“This [mandatory quarantine] is a smart thing to do,” New Jersey Governor Murphy said in late June, referencing the “hell and back” that residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut had experienced over the past three months due to the coronavirus pandemic. “The last thing we need to is subject our folks to another round [of infection].”
Note that the CDC stopped receiving direct data reports from hospitals in mid-July, which means the numbers of actual cases may be higher than actually reported.
New York, New Jersey and Connecticut’s current quarantine restrictions aren’t the first to be levied upon U.S. travelers. A handful of states and cities including Hawaii and Chicago have implemented mandatory quarantines during this pandemic. Meanwhile, Americans have been banned from entering a number of reopening foreign countries including Iceland, Germany and the European Union.
The State Department’s global travel advisory remains at a Level 4: Do Not Travel — the highest level of risk warning.
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