New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut Issue COVID-19 Related Travel Advisories
New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut all issued orders that require anyone arriving from states with high coronavirus rates to quarantine for two weeks, according to a report by CNN.
The travel advisory applies to anyone coming from a state with a transmission rate above 10 per 100,000 people or with 10 percent of the population having tested positive, both looked at on a seven-day rolling average.
This means that as of this week, the advisory applies to those coming from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington, Utah, and Texas. It will go into effect on June 25.
"We worked very hard to get the viral transmission rate down, and we don't want to see it go up,” said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Gov. Murphy of New Jersey also praised the travel advisory, saying "It's the right thing to do, it's the common sense thing to do, it's the responsible thing to do.”
Gov. Lamont of Connecticut was more hesitant about its implementation but said that his area is taking the virus seriously, and he wanted to lessen community spread.
While enforcement on the order varies by each state, Gov. Cuomo said that those in violation of the advisory could receive a judicial order and mandatory quarantine or fines up to $2,000 for the first violation, $5,000 for the second, and $10,000 if you cause harm.
The three states have faced months of strict lockdown rules in an attempt to lower their cases. President Trump even considered placing all three states under quarantine in late March. New cases have started to decline in that area, but now, Dr. Anthony Fauci has stated we are seeing a “disturbing surge” of new cases in the South and West.
This week, 26 states have reported having an increase of cases as compared to last week, mostly in highly populated areas such as California, Texas, Florida, and Arizona.
This advisory adds to a long list of actions that have required states to pin themselves against one another in dealing with the pandemic. Gov. Cuomo has reportedly mocked some states that claimed they were responding to the crisis in a political way rather than a scientific way.
"New York went from one of the highest infection rates in the country to one of the lowest because we made decisions based on science -- not politics," he said. "We're seeing in other states what happens when you just reopen with no regard for metrics or data. It's bad for public health and for the economy, and states that reopened in a rush are now seeing a boomerang."
As of this week, 19 states are not requiring their citizens to wear face masks. Dr. Richard Besser, the former acting director of the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, has said that no state has opened their economy safely.
Read the full report here.