ALBANY – Governor Andrew Cuomo is expanding his list of quarantined coronavirus 14-day travel notices to 34 states plus Puerto Rico, he said Tuesday.
“Our job is to make sure that we are doing everything possible to control COVID, what we are doing, [and to] anticipate possible future problems that could arise, “Cuomo told reporters during a press conference call from Albany.
“About the situation across the country, it is still very bad and there are more states that have exceeded our quarantine threshold. Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Washington DC are now added to the list, ”he said.
“Puerto Rico is also added to the list. So that means that we are now 34 states, DC and Puerto Rico that are on the quarantine list. ”
More than half the country, plus Puerto Rico and the nation’s capital, were added to the list after their virus data exceeded New York, New Jersey and Connecticut guidelines set in late June.
A state is added if your data shows a positive coronavirus test rate greater than 10 per 10,000 residents on a seven-day moving average, or a positivity rate of 10 percent or more in the same time period.
People who fly to New York also have to complete a survey detailing where they come from and where they plan to go.
If they leave the airport without completing the necessary documents, they could receive up to $ 2,000 in fines.
“If you refuse to complete the form at airports, it is illegal for you to leave the airport,” Cuomo said, and declined to provide a specific number of violators or citations issued to date.
The travel notice currently includes: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada , New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Washington DC and Puerto Rico.