NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Forty-five states and territories now qualify for New York’s travel advisory which requires people coming in from areas with high coronavirus infection rates to quarantine for two weeks.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that California has been added to the list and no areas have been removed.
The quarantine applies to any person arriving from an area 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.
He is also discouraging travel to and from Massachusetts, which now also meets the criteria for the travel advisory, along with New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.
Cuomo said a quarantine on those states is not “practically viable” due to the interconnected nature of the region, but non-essential travel is “highly discouraged.”
“We know COVID is spreading at increased rates in other states and New York State is not in a hermetically sealed bubble,” Cuomo said. “We cannot let our guard down and risk going backwards in New York.”
The travel advisory applies to the following locations: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Wyoming.
Cuomo also said Tuesday that the state’s positivity rate is 1.78 percent.
As of Monday, 1,083 people in the state were hospitalized with COVID-19, up from 1,059 the day prior.
There were also 15 coronavirus-related deaths reported Monday.
“The numbers are a reminder that COVID is still here and continues to spread in communities across the state, particularly when people choose not to follow the safety protocols in place to control the virus. We continue to see outbreaks linked to mass gatherings at houses of worship, at weddings and funerals, and other events where the virus can quickly spread,” Cuomo said. “It’s going to take the work of all of us to remain vigilant. Stay NY Smart – wear a mask, socially distance and follow the public health guidance. It’s there to save lives.”