The governors of New York, Connecticut and New Jersey announced Wednesday that people traveling to the three-state area from states experiencing an increase in COVID-19 cases will be required to be quarantined for 14 days.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy at a joint virtual news conference announced a joint travel notice Wednesday, which will take effect at midnight. , which will require people to travel from states like Arkansas, Alabama, Arizona, South Carolina, Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Utah and Washington in quarantine for 14 days.
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“All people traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID to NY, NJ or CT must be quarantined for 14 days,” Cuomo tweeted.
“It’s just common sense,” said Cuomo. “We don’t want to see the infection rate increase here.”
He added: “This is a uniform policy across the three states. Each state will be responsible for the enforcement of that policy within their state.”
According to Cuomo, the criteria for states that have a high infection rate are 10 infections per 100,000 residents on a seven-day moving average or 10 percent of the state’s total population infected on a seven-day moving average.
“The northeast region is taking this seriously,” Lamont said Wednesday, noting that Connecticut will do its best to let visitors know that they can come to the state, but that they must “come safely.”
“We need to get things done within the four walls in our respective states,” added Murphy. “The last thing we have to do now is put our people through another round.”
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Both Cuomo and Lamont, earlier this month, hinted at the possibility of quarantine for people traveling from states seeing a further increase in positive cases of coronavirus.
Infection rates in Texas have doubled since late May, and on Tuesday, the state reached the twelfth consecutive day of COVID-19 hospitalizations with more than 4,000. That equates to a more than 170 percent increase in hospitalizations since Memorial Day.
And in states like Florida, officials are seeing more than 4,000 new cases of the new coronavirus per day since it reopened. And in South Carolina, the Department of Health and Environmental Control reported a record increase in daily cases over the past week.
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As of Wednesday, the United States reported nearly 2.4 million positive cases of COVID-19 and has seen more than 121,000 deaths.
Associated Press contributed to this report.