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California added to NY's COVID-19 travel advisory; nonessential interstate travel with Massachusetts discouraged


Tue, Oct 27th 2020 07:25 pm

Statewide positivity rate is 1.78%; WNY at 2.6%

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced California was added to New York state's COVID-19 travel advisory. No areas were removed. 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 seven-day rolling average, or an area with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average.

Neighboring state Massachusetts now meets the criteria for the travel advisory, in addition to Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania – however, given the interconnected nature of the region and mode of transport between the states, a quarantine on these states is not practically viable. That said, New York state highly discourages, to the extent practical, nonessential travel between Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania while they meet the travel advisory criteria.

"We know COVID is spreading at increased rates in other states, and New York state is not in a hermetically sealed bubble. 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. "Now, 45 states and territories meet the requirements for our travel advisory. We cannot let our guard down and risk going backwards in New York. 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."

The full, updated travel advisory list is available below:

  1. Alaska
  2. Alabama
  3. Arkansas
  4. Arizona
  5. California
  6. Colorado
  7. Delaware
  8. Florida
  9. Georgia
  10. Guam
  11. Iowa
  12. Idaho
  13. Illinois
  14. Indiana
  15. Kansas
  16. Kentucky
  17. Louisiana
  18. Maryland
  19. Michigan
  20. Minnesota
  21. Missouri
  22. Mississippi
  23. Montana
  24. North Carolina
  25. North Dakota
  26. Nebraska
  27. New Mexico
  28. Nevada
  29. Ohio
  30. Oklahoma
  31. Puerto Rico
  32. Rhode Island
  33. South Carolina
  34. South Dakota
  35. Tennessee
  36. Texas
  37. Utah
  38. Virginia
  39. Wisconsin
  40. West Virginia
  41. Wyoming

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