Syracuse, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo today eliminated the ever-growing quarantine travel list with a new testing requirement for those entering New York from other states.
Instead, all people entering New York will have to bring proof of a negative coronavirus test, Cuomo said. That test must be within three days of coming into the state.
But that’s not all.
The traveler must then quarantine for three days after entering New York. On the fourth day, the traveler must get another test.
Once that second test comes back negative, the person is no longer quarantined, he said.
If traveler doesn’t get tested, then he or she must quarantine 14 days after arriving in New York — no matter where they come from, Cuomo said.
People who leave the state for just 24 hours will follow a different requirement, Cuomo said.
For those shorter trips, the person must get a negative test within four days after returning to New York, he said.
Cuomo said the rules do not apply for contiguous states (New Jersey, Pennsylvania or Connecticut).
The new rules will be enforced at airports or by local health officials, Cuomo said.
The change comes as cases are creeping upward in New York. Today, for the fourth day in a row, the state confirmed more than 2,000 new cases of coronavirus:
- Friday’s daily testing results: 2049
- Thursday: 2259
- Wednesday: 2499
- Tuesday: 2031
The results from Friday’s cases were based on 136,962 tests. That’s a 1.49% positive rate.
Statewide, 1,121 were hospitalized today.
On Friday, another eight people died, Cuomo said. Since March, the state has reported 25,807 deaths.
Central New York’s one-day positive testing rate for Friday was 1.9%, down from 2.4% on Thursday.
The region’s seven-day positive rate is 1.5%, according to state data.
The new quarantine requirements also come as Thanksgiving nears.
“Thanksgiving is going to be complicated,” Cuomo said. College students will return home. Families will gather. And even those small groups with loved ones can prove problematic, he said.
“People think they are safe if they are with people they know,” he said. “Just because they’re your family doesn’t mean they’re safe from Covid.”