Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Maryland and Montana removed; Guam meets metrics to qualify
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced five states – Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Maryland and Montana – have been removed from New York state's COVID-19 travel advisory. Guam has been added.
The advisory requires individuals who have traveled to New York from areas with significant community spread to quarantine for 14 days. 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% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.
New York has had a rate of positive tests below 1% for 18 straight days. On Monday, two deaths were reported from COVID-19, matching the state's previous low. No deaths were reported in New York City. The governor also updated New Yorkers on the state's progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The number of new cases, percentage of tests that were positive and other helpful data points are available at forward.ny.gov.
"New Yorkers made enormous sacrifices to get our numbers as low as they are today, and we don't want to give up an inch of that hard-earned progress. That's why these travel advisory precautions are so important – we don't want people who travel to states with high community spread to bring the virus back here," Cuomo said. "While it's good news that five states have been removed from the travel advisory, the list remains far too long as America continues to struggle with COVID-19. New Yorkers should stay vigilant and be careful – wear a mask, socially distance, and be smart. This pandemic is not over."
The full, updated travel advisory list is below: