During a press briefing, the mayor urged travelers to comply with the quarantine if they have been to any of the hot spot states or territories, promising that the sheriff’s office would be out in force to track those entering the city.
As of Tuesday, there were 31 states and territories on the travel advisory, with New York city and state officials requiring travelers to register upon arrival or risk fines.
New York’s reinforcement of the two-week quarantine rule came despite the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention easing their guidelines for travelers last Friday.
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio revealed in a press briefing Wednesday that at least 20 percent of new coronavirus cases in the city are linked to people who traveled to the states on the 14-day quarantine list. Travelers from these states are asked to quarantine for two weeks
Mayor de Blasio visited a road checkpoint on the Bayonne Bridge in Staten Island Tuesday. The next day he urged people to comply by the 14-day quarantine when they enter New York from one of the 28 states and three US territories on the state’s travel advisory
The CDC lifted its advice that people should self-quarantine after traveling from international locations or from areas that are experiencing high numbers of coronavirus cases.
Instead, the public health institution now just says that travelers should ‘follow state, territorial, tribal and local recommendations or requirements after travel’.
However, New York officials decided to keep the quarantine ruling in effect for those traveling from hotspots.
The mayor said only two summons had been issued so far for non-compliance with the stops
‘The best thing to the do if you don’t need to travel to one of theses states, is just don’t,’ De Blasio warned Wednesday.
‘Don’t do it now. Wait until they end up in a better situation but if you do need to travel or you have already, please follow the rules for the good of everyone, yourself your family, your community.’
De Blasio said that the sheriff’s office had carried out 3,000 vehicle stops so far with overall compliance from travelers.
STATES ON NEW YORK’S QUARANTINE TRAVEL LIST
He added there were two summons issued so far for failure to comply with the sheriffs.
The sheriff’s office had also issued more than 12,000 free face masks to travelers, he continued.
The mayor traveled to a sheriff’s department traveler checkpoint at the Bayonne Bridge Tuesday stating that they would stay in place for ‘weeks to come’.
While the sheriff’s office has established road checkpoints, travelers are also required to register at in-state airports, at bridges, tunnels and other main entry points, like Penn Station.
NYC follows with the travel advisory list issued by the state.
‘This is a driving force in the level of infections we have right now,’ de Blasio said Tuesday according to The Center Square.
‘And we have seen in other parts of the world, that if the travel situation is not addressed dramatically and aggressively it becomes one of the biggest causes of spread. So we can’t let that happen in New York City.’
New York, New Jersey and Connecticut joined together in June to issue their travel quarantine list which initially asked people arriving from 35 states to isolate for 14 days.
New York state and New York City officials are also requiring travelers to register upon arrival or risk fines.
States and territories are added to the list when they have a rolling seven-day average positive test rate of more than 10 per 100,000 residents or a rolling seven-day average positivity rate of 10 percent or higher.
On Tuesday, five states were dropped from the travel advisory list.
People arriving to the tri-state area from Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Maryland and Montana no longer need to quarantine for two weeks upon arrival.
Guam, however was added, bringing the total to 28 states and three territories.
‘While it’s good news that five states have been removed from the travel advisory, the list remains far too long as America continues to struggle with COVID-19,’ Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement.
‘New Yorkers should stay vigilant and be careful – wear a mask, socially distance, and be smart. This pandemic is not over.’
New York City Sheriff stops an out of state car at a COVID-19 checkpoint in Staten Island
Cuomo has been particularly cautious when it comes to reopening the state, which was deemed America’s coronavirus epicenter in late March, into April.
The Democrat started the travel ban list back in June as Sunbelt states started to see spikes in coronavirus infections as the pace of the outbreak started to accelerate.
New York State is now in Phase 4 of reopening, which allows non-essential businesses to reopen and the restricted resumption of commercial and recreational activities.
This means that colleges and pre-kindergarten to Grade 12 school can start up in-person classes again.
Low-risk indoors and outdoors arts and entertainment activities – such as museums – media production and fan-less professional sports games can start up again as well.
In New York City, de Blasio revealed Wednesday that there had been 71 people hospitalized with suspected COVD-19 on Tuesday but only 2.78 percent of them tested positive.
The seven-day average for new daily reported cases was 233, while the positive test rate in the city is now 0.83 percent.
As of Tuesday afternoon, there have been 228,788 cases in the Big Apple. There were also 19,029 confirmed coronavirus deaths and 4,637 probable deaths.
As of midnight Monday, there had been 430,774 coronavirus cases in New York state and 25,297 deaths.
There were 629 news cases Monday, the last time the figures were updated, with more than 67,000 testes that day.
When changing their travel advice Friday, the CDC noted that ‘travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19’ and says that ‘staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19’.
It also reminds travelers that they can be asymptomatic coronavirus carriers and infectious for 14 days after being exposed to it.
The CDC again quietly changed its recommendations on testing also on Monday, now saying that people who have been exposed to a known case but do not show symptoms don’t necessarily need to get tested.
It now says that if you were exposed but don’t have symptoms, ‘you do not necessarily need a test unless you are a vulnerable individual’ or a doctor advises it.
Previously, the guidelines read: ‘Testing is recommended for all close contacts of persons with SARS-CoV-2 infection. Because of the potential for asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission, it is important that contacts of individuals with SARS-CoV-2 infection be quickly identified and tested.’
The change comes amid fears that asymptomatic carriers, particularly young people who often show no symptoms, could be driving much of the transmission, leading some experts to fret that the less aggressive testing guidance could allow cases to go undetected.
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