2 states added to travel advisory list, 4 removed
AP photo State Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced that two additional states and the Virgin Islands meet the metrics to qualify for the travel advisory requiring individuals who have traveled to New York from those areas to quarantine for 14 days.
The newly-added states are Hawaii and South Dakota. Meanwhile, Alaska, New Mexico, Ohio and Rhode Island have been removed.
The quarantine applies to any person arriving from an area with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a seven-day rolling average or an area with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average.
“New York went from one of the worst situations in the country, to an example for the rest of the nation to follow,” Cuomo said. “Our numbers continue to remain low and steady, which shows this virus will respond to an approach based on science, not politics. In order to protect this progress, we must keep up our efforts — we cannot go back to the hell we experienced a few months ago, which is why we are adding Hawaii, South Dakota and Virgin Islands to the travel advisory.”
County Executive PJ Wendel said he was pleased to see Ohio removed from the list.
“This is great news that Ohio has been removed from the incoming travel advisory,” Wendel said. “With Chautauqua County in the southwestern corner of New York state, our close proximity to Ohio and Pennsylvania has a direct impact on our economy. During our recent control room meetings, and in concert with Senator George Borrello and Assemblyman Andy Goodell, we discussed at length the impact of Ohio’s restricted state status on our region. I am excited to see it has now been removed from the list so we are one step closer to rebuilding our economy.”
The full travel advisory list includes: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Virgin Islands and Wisconsin.
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