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There is no clear evidence that out-of-state quarantines, such as those imposed by New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, are effective in containing the coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.
On Wednesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that travelers arriving in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut from Florida, Texas, and other states with high rates of Covid-19 infection will be subject to a 14-day quarantine. and fines if they don’t. t self-insulating. The idea is that states can keep their transmission rates low by discouraging non-residents from traveling to the tri-state region.
“We work very hard to reduce the rate of viral transmission,” Cuomo said at a news conference with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont. “We don’t want it to increase because a lot of people come to this region and they can literally bring the infection.”
But Robert Redfield, CDC director, said Thursday that the agency has no data to support that those measures work.
“I don’t think we have any clear evidence at the moment,” he told reporters during a press conference. “The individual states are making their individual decisions.”
“We have no evidence-based data to support the public health value of that decision,” he added.
Redfield’s comment came when the United States reported more new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday than on any previous day, according to an NBC News count. As of Wednesday, cases are growing 5% or more in 31 states across the country, including Florida, Arizona, Texas, Montana and Idaho, according to a CNBC analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. Coronavirus hospitalizations are also on the rise.
Meanwhile, New York state, the hot spot early, on Thursday reported its lowest hospitalization rate since its outbreak began in fewer than 1,000 people hospitalized.
Cuomo promoted the landmark during an interview on CNN earlier in the day.
“This is after three months of everyone working hard and doing the right thing and taking it seriously,” he said, criticizing other states for what he called “playing politics” early in the outbreak.
Scientists say the virus can be spread through respiratory drops that are passed when an infected person coughs or sneezes. According to the CDC website, quarantines can help protect the public by avoiding exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease.
To be sure, other leaders outside the tri-state region have imposed restrictions on inbound travel meant to slow the spread of the virus. For example, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order in March requiring people who came to Florida from the New York City region to be quarantined for 14 days.