October 27, 2020 3:30 pm – California added to list

Governor Cuomo announced today that California has been added to New York State’s COVID-19 travel advisory. No areas have been removed.

The advisory requires individuals who have traveled to New York from areas with significant community spread to quarantine for 14 days. The quarantine applies to any person arriving from an area with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or an area with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

Neighboring state Massachusetts now meets the criteria for the travel advisory, in addition to Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  However, given the interconnected nature of the region and mode of transport between the states, a quarantine on these states is not practically viable. That said, New York State highly discourages, to the extent practical, non-essential travel between Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania while they meet the travel advisory criteria. 

The full, updated travel advisory list is available below: 

  1. Alaska
  2. Alabama
  3. Arkansas
  4. Arizona
  5. California
  6. Colorado
  7. Delaware
  8. Florida
  9. Georgia
  10. Guam
  11. Iowa
  12. Idaho
  13. Illinois
  14. Indiana
  15. Kansas
  16. Kentucky
  17. Louisiana
  18. Maryland
  19. Michigan
  20. Minnesota
  21. Missouri
  22. Mississippi
  23. Montana
  24. North Carolina
  25. North Dakota
  26. Nebraska
  27. New Mexico
  28. Nevada
  29. Ohio
  30. Oklahoma
  31. Puerto Rico
  32. Rhode Island
  33. South Carolina
  34. South Dakota
  35. Tennessee
  36. Texas
  37. Utah
  38. Virginia
  39. Wisconsin
  40. West Virginia
  41. Wyoming

People caught violating the advisory risk civil penalties ranging from $2,000 to $10,000.

There are exceptions to the travel advisory for essential businesses.  Guidance on travel to these states for essential employees can be found at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory.

The Governor noted that the positive testing rate in all focus areas under the state’s Micro-Cluster strategy is 3.65 percent.  In Steuben County, the Micro-Cluster 7 day rolling average has dropped to 4.44% down from a high of 7.82%.  Steuben County residents are encouraged to remain diligent in their efforts to stop the spread of the virus.