4 More States Added to Mandatory Quarantine List

 Travelers from four more states with high rates of Covid-19 infection will have to self-quarantine for 14 days if they enter New York, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Tuesday.

 He also said that state and local contact tracing efforts found that 35 percent of people who attended a Fourth of July weekend party in Suffolk County, or more than 1/3 of the entire party, became infected with COVID-19. He did not further identify the community where the party occurred.

 The newly added states are Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio and Wisconsin. Delaware has been removed. The quarantine applies to anyone arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

Cuomo announced a travel enforcement operation that began Tuesday at airports across the state to help ensure travelers are following the state’s quarantine restrictions and to help contain the rates of COVID-19 transmission in New York.

“New Yorkers showed incredible courage and resiliency throughout this pandemic, and nowhere is their work more evident than in the numbers we release every day, including in New York City, once a global hotspot,” Cuomo said. “However, the success of our efforts depends on citizens’ willingness to comply with state guidance, socially distance, wear masks and wash their hands, and rising cases around the country continue to threaten our progress.”

“It’s also clear based on contact tracing that many of the new cases in New York are a result of a lack of compliance during the July 4 weekend and illustrate how quickly the virus spreads, with one party, for example, infecting more than a third of attendees,” Cuomo said. “I cannot be more clear: Look at what’s happening in the rest of the country — if we are not smart, if we don’t wear masks and socially distance, cases will spike. No one wants to go back to the hell we experienced three months ago, so please stay vigilant.”

The  states on the travel advisory quarantine list: 

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Iowa
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • New Mexico
  • Nevada
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Wisconsin

Region’s percentage of positive tests over the last three days 

REGION

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

MONDAY

Capital Region

2.0%

0.9%

1.7%

Central New York

1.1%

1.0%

1.3%

Finger Lakes

0.8%

1.0%

1.4%

Long Island

0.9%

1.5%

2.0%

Mid-Hudson

0.9%

0.8%

1.6%

Mohawk Valley

0.8%

0.8%

1.6%

New York City

1.3%

1.1%

1.4%

North Country

0.4%

0.2%

0.5%

Southern Tier

0.6%

0.9%

0.8%

Western New York

1.0%

1.1%

2.0%

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