People traveling to New York from three additional states have been ordered to quarantine for 14 days as the state that was once the epicenter of the US COVID-19 outbreak aims to keep its infections under control.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday said that Delaware, Kansas and Oklahoma were being added to the list of states that are now required to quarantine for two weeks.
There are now 19 states that are on the New York travel advisory list.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday said that Delaware, Kansas and Oklahoma were being added to the list of states that are now required to quarantine for two weeks
LIST OF STATES TO QUARANTINE
Cuomo said the three latest additions were seeing ‘significant’ community spread of COVID-19.
In Delaware, cases have been surging since early June. There are currently just over 12,200 cases and 512 deaths from COVID-19.
Kansas currently has 16,900 cases and 280 deaths, while Oklahoma has 16,300 infections and nearly 400 deaths.
The quarantine applies to any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or a state with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.
‘As states around the country experience increasing community spread, New York is taking action to ensure the continued safety of our phased reopening. Our entire response to this pandemic has been by the numbers, and we’ve set metrics for community spread just as we set metrics for everything,’ Gov Cuomo said in a statement.
‘Three more states have now reached the level of spread required to qualify for New York’s travel advisory. We will now require individuals coming from Delaware, Kansas and Oklahoma to quarantine for 14 days.
‘New Yorkers did the impossible – we went from the worst infection rate in the United States to one of the best – and the last thing we need is to see another spike of COVID-19.’
It comes as New York recorded 588 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the state total to just over 398,200. Ten new deaths were also recorded, bringing the death toll to 24,924.
Nail salons and dog runs were back in business on Monday in New York City as it entered a new phase in the easing of coronavirus restrictions, but indoor restaurant dining will be postponed indefinitely in order to prevent a spike in new infections.
The number of cases across the United States has now surpassed 2.9 million and more than 130,000 Americans have died from COVID-19.
Sixteen states have posted record daily case counts this month alone and new COVID-19 cases have risen nationally every week for five straight weeks, according to a Reuters analysis of data from The COVID Tracking Project.
The US has seen a 27 percent increase in new COVID-19 cases in the last week compared to the previous seven days. New cases per day nationwide have hit record levels of well over 50,000.
Deaths continued to fall nationally in the week ending July 5, according to the analysis.
A handful of states, however, have reported weekly increases in deaths for at least two straight weeks compared to the previous seven days, including Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, Texas and Tennessee.
Health experts say deaths are a lagging indicator because it takes time for people to get sick and die. They say the current downward trend reflects advances in treatment and prevention, as well as the large share of cases among young adults, who are more likely than older patients to survive COVID-19.
Officials have warned the current trend of younger adults making up the majority of new cases could possibly cause the death rate to spike in the coming weeks given they could be spreading the virus to older, more vulnerable people.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has forecast that the death toll could reach 160,000 later this month.
KANSAS: Kansas currently has 16,900 cases and 280 deaths
DELAWARE: In Delaware, cases have been surging since early June. There are currently just over 12,200 cases and 512 deaths from COVID-19
OKLAHOMA: Oklahoma has 16,300 infections and nearly 400 deaths