Police in New York airports enforce quarantine regulations, as Cuomo says 39 states pose “growing threat”
Police officers stationed at airports will impose quarantine regulations on visitors entering New York, as Governor Andrew Cuomo warns that 39 U.S. states are now an “increasing threat.”
Cuomo told travelers who arrived in New York that quarantine enforcement is “serious,” and it is the first time border patrols have been conducted between states.
“Our quarantine enforcement is serious. And I want people who come into this state to know that. States have never done border surveillance, we had to scramble, it was another COVID scoop, ‘Cuomo said during his press conference in New York City on Thursday.
“We have police at airports. When you land, there is a police officer there. You must fill in a form where you are going. It is illegal to leave the airport without filling in the form. ‘
Police stationed at airports will impose quarantine regulations on visitors entering New York, as 39 US states are now an “ increasing threat, ” Governor Andrew Cuomo warned Thursday (pictured)
Visitors traveling from states with a high rate of coronavirus infections to New York must be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival to mitigate the risk of another outbreak in the former virus epicenter of the world.
This is part of a three-state agreement with New Jersey and Connecticut in June, as things rise to worrying heights in the southern states rushing to facilitate closings.
The rule applies to all states with a positive test rate greater than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day moving average or with a positivity rate of 10 percent or higher above a 7-day moving average.
Another 10 states – Alaska, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, Virginia, and Washington – were added to the list on Tuesday, bringing the total to 31.
Minnesota was previously on the list, but was removed under Tuesday’s update because its positivity rate fell below 10 percent.
Delaware and Washington State were added again after being removed from an earlier version of the list.
The list continues to grow, as the number of infections on Thursday was a whopping four million and more than 143,000 Americans have since died of COVID-19.
Ticket agents wear protective masks at LaGuardia Airport in July. Cuomo told travelers arriving in New York that quarantine enforcement is ‘serious’ and it is the first time border patrols have been conducted between states
Proposed the first COVID-19 tests at JFK airport. Visitors traveling to New York from states with a high rate of coronavirus infections must be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival to mitigate the risk of another outbreak in the former virus epicenter of the world
All non-state travelers are required to complete the State Department of Health Traveler Form (above) when entering New York, with details of where they are from and the address where they will be quarantined
Cuomo warned Thursday that 39 states are now an “increasing threat” to New York, although he has not announced the eight latest states.
He blamed the rush to reopen in some states and their lack of testing and wave-tracking operations in cases across the country.
States “that have hastened reopening and were not yet ready” are now threatening to reverse progress in New York, he said.
“We are threatened by the states that rushed the reopening and were not ready yet. You turn on the news that you listen all day, there are still problems with testing. States have no investigative operations, “he said.
“States have opened a number of counties, some counties are closing, some counties have this plan, some counties have that plan.
“They hastened the reopening, they weren’t ready for the reopening, or they just weren’t able to handle the reopening because it was rushed.”
Cuomo said it was “unmistakable” that this poses a “threat” to New York.
New York cannot operate in a “bubble,” Cuomo acknowledged, but reinforced that the state is “serious” about its demands on travelers.
The states on the mandatory New York quarantine list
– North Carolina
– North Dakota
– New Mexico
– South Carolina
“We know this virus is traveling. We know that. We know we are not an island in New York State, “he said.
“We know we can’t hermetically seal New York State in our own bubble.”
He dismissed some travelers’ claims that they were unaware of the need for quarantine and said the state will follow up on the form when people leave the airport.
“People come to New York who say, ‘Oh, I didn’t know there was a quarantine. “I don’t know how they didn’t know there was a quarantine,” he said.
“There is a quarantine and we’re serious.”
Passengers arriving at New York airports are taken off the plane by enforcement teams.
All non-state travelers must complete the State Department of Health traveler form upon arrival in New York, with information on where they will arrive and where they will be quarantined.
Cuomo has warned that anyone who leaves the airport without filing a form will be fined $ 2,000 and could be called up for a hearing and placed in a mandatory quarantine.
State officials will also use the forms to randomly track travelers and ensure they comply with quarantine restrictions.
Travelers arriving by train or car must also complete the form online.
“If you enter New York, if you are a traveler and do not have a suitable home for your 14-day quarantine period, you will need to find suitable accommodation at your own expense,” says the health department website.
“If you are a resident of NYS who is returning from travel and does not have suitable quarantine accommodation, call your local health department.”
The travel rules come as New York has lowered its daily rates of COVID-19 deaths, cases and hospitalizations after it was the global virus hotspot several months earlier.
In New York State, a total of 811 new cases and 13 deaths were confirmed on Thursday – far from its peak in April, when nearly 11,000 people tested positive in one day.
In all, 25,068 people have been killed in the state and 408,866 infected.