Many states have recently enacted desperate measures in an effort to stem the sudden increase in coronavirus cases affecting much of the country. While some states have issued face mask mandates and others have suspended reopens to try to mitigate their sudden spikes in COVID-19, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut took things one step further. This week, the three-state region issued a mandatory 14-day quarantine for any visitors from states where cases arise, such as Texas and Florida. However, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that imposing out-of-state quarantine may not really help control the spread of COVID-19.
“We don’t have evidence-based data to support the public health value of that decision,” CDC director Robert Redfield he said at a press conference on June 25. However, while there is no clear evidence that these quarantines help, Redfield said it is an “independent decision that independent governors can freely make.”
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Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo announced the 14-day quarantine on June 24, and went into effect on June 25 in his state, as well as New Jersey and Connecticut. Currently, all three states are quarantining travelers from states with “a positive test rate greater than 10 per 100,000 residents, or greater than a test positivity rate of 10 percent, on a seven-day moving average.” Right now, that includes Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah.
“In New York, we went from the highest number of cases to some of the lowest rates in the country: no one else had to turn the curve as much as we did and now we have to make sure that the rate continues to drop. Our entire region,” Cuomo said. during your announcement. “A lot of people come to this region and they could literally bring the infection with them. It wouldn’t be malicious or malicious, but it would still be real.”
Cuomo says that anyone who violates the quarantine in New York will face fines of a thousand dollars. New Jersey and Connecticut, on the other hand, do not have current compliance mechanisms for the mandate, according to The New York Times.
Ironically, states like Florida quarantined travelers similarly. of New York during the start of the pandemic in late March, when the New York metropolitan area was the epicenter of the virus. Now things have certainly changed. And for the latest news from CDC, see If You Have This Condition, CDC Says You Are Now at High Risk for COVID.