As New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut see their daily coronavirus case numbers and death rates decrease, the governors of those northeast states want to make sure nobody from another state can cause another outbreak. That’s why newfound New York quarantine rules have been applied.
On Wednesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D), and Connecticut Gov. Ned LaMont (D) announced that individuals traveling into their areas from states with “significant community spread” of COVID-19 must be quarantined for 14 days. The travel advisory begins at midnight on June 25.
“We’ve taken our people … through hell and back,” Murphy told reporters, via NBC News. “This virus is risky enough on its own, in terms of the potential to flare back up.”
New York was a coronavirus hotspot when the pandemic first emerged, and it still has the highest number of cases in the country. New Jersey was No. 2 for the past several months, but this week, it was passed by California. But those numbers have decreased, and the positive rate of coronavirus tests in New York has remained steady at about 1%. To compare, Texas’ latest numbers are closer to 9% positive, while Florida’s numbers have jumped to more than 15%.
“We have to make sure other states don’t infect us now,” Cuomo told Today. “So we’re now afraid that we have the low infection rate. People get on a plane and they come to New York. And I have people calling me all day long, saying they’re worried about where they are. They want to come to New York—and that’s great, but we don’t want them bringing the virus here.”
As for the other states’ struggles with increased cases three months after the pandemic began, Cuomo said, “Anyone who thinks we could have opened sooner, look at Florida, look at Arizona, look at Texas, look at the other 23 states that are going up, and it shows that we were smart and right.”
On July 23, it was reported that police officers would be stationed in New York area airports to enforce the quarantine.
“Our quarantine enforcement is serious. And I want people coming into this state to know that. States have never done border patrol before, we had to scramble, it was another COVID first,” Cuomo said.
“We have police at airports. When you land, there is a police officer there. You have to fill out a form as to where you’re going. It is illegal to leave the airport without filling out the form.”