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:
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- New Mexico
- Puerto Rico
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
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.