Coronavirus Updates: Alaska and Montana Added to New York State Travel Advisory

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This is our daily update of the latest COVID-19 news for Tuesday, September 1, 2020. Previous daily updates can be found here, and updated statistics are here.New York is in Phase 4 reopening now, which includes zoos, botanical gardens and bowling lanes. A glance to prepare for the spread of the coronavirus is here, and if you have lingering questions about the virus, here is our Coronavirus FAQs regularly updated. Here are some local and national hotlines for more information: NYC: 311; New York State Hotline: 888-364-3065; NJ State Hotline: 800-222-1222.

Here is the latest:

Two more states were added to New York state’s travel advisory on Tuesday, as Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the COVID-19 positivity rate remained below 1% for a 25th consecutive day.

Alaska and Montana have been added to the travel advisory, which requires those coming to New York City from any red flag state or territory to self-quarantine for 14 days. The advisory areas either have a positive test rate greater than 10 per 100,000 residents over seven days, or a positivity rate of 10% or more over seven days. Montana has had 12 cases per 100,000 people, while Alaska’s own health department says their cases are between 5 and 10 per 100,000 people.

Montana did not make it compulsory to wear a mask until mid-July. Outside of Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage, mask warrants are rare.

In addition to reporting a positivity rate of 0.98%, Cuomo said there were 109 patients in intensive care (the lowest number since March 15). In a statement, he noted that “As we pursue a gradual, data-driven reopening, the number of areas remaining on the New York travel advisory is a stark reminder of the continuing extent of the COVID-19 across the country. He called on New Yorkers to remain vigilant and continue to wear masks and socially distance.

On Monday night, the US Open kicked off in Queens, to empty the spectator stands. Cuomo shared a post, saying, “I’m especially proud that despite all the challenges we’ve been through, New York – and my hometown of Queens – is still hosting the 140th US Open this year. The Open is one of the big events that makes New York New York. This is where champions like Arthur Ashe, Billie Jean King and Serena Williams made history. And while it’s going a little differently this year, I know these incredible players and talented staff at the US Tennis Association make a historic spectacle worthy of this grand slam. “

“You know there is a New York accent even on tennis. In the parlance of tennis, love means nothing, but in New York, love wins every time, ”he added.

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