BREAKING NEWS: New York, New Jersey and Connecticut announce mandatory 14-day quarantine for people coming from states with high coronavirus numbers
- The quarantine applies to people coming from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida , North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington, Utah and Texas
- It applies to states that have more than 10 infections per 100,000 residents
- It also applies to states where more than 10 percent of the population is positive
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Anyone who travels to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut from states that are still seeing high coronavirus numbers will have to quarantine for 14 days.
The governors of each states announced the decision on Wednesday.
The quarantine applies to any state with infection rate of 10 infections per 100,000 people on a seven day rolling average or 10 percent of the total population testing positive.
The states that currently applies to are Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington, Utah and Texas.
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo said it was ‘just common sense’ to announce the quarantine
He said New York’s slow reopening plan had been ‘vindicated’ by the fact its numbers continue to decrease while other states are seeing spikes.
Forcing people to quarantine from other, high risk states, he said, was ‘just common sense’.
‘We do not want the virus coming in on a plane again,’ he said.
For the last three days, the average number of people dying across the state was 17. At its worst in April, the number was nearly 900.
There are now 1,071 people in the hospital with COVID-19. At the height of the pandemic, that number was more than 18,000.
Twenty-seven states are still seeing rising coronavirus case numbers and rising hospitalization numbers.
‘You are putting people’s lives in jeopardy,’ Cuomo said of the states that reopened ‘too early’.