New York rolls out new testing requirements for visitors

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo (R) said on Saturday he was replacing New York’s weekly quarantine list with testing rules for out-of-state visitors, requiring travelers to test negative for COVID-19 before and after their arrival, according to WABC-TV.Driving the news: The number of recorded coronavirus cases topped 9 million in the United States on Friday, according to JHU, with the virus gaining strength in 41 states, including nearly all of the major battlefield states.

Details: According to the new requirements, travelers to New York must test negative for COVID-19 within three days of arrival. They must then quarantine themselves for at least three days before being tested again. If they test negative on day four, they will no longer have to self-quarantine, WABC reported.

  • Visitors must have proof of negative test upon arrival in the state, Cuomo said.
  • If visitors choose not to be tested, they must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.
  • Cuomo also said that under the new requirements, New Yorkers who leave the state for less than 24 hours must be tested within four days of that trip.
  • Local health officials will enforce these rules at airports, Cuomo noted.

What he says: “There won’t be a quarantine list, there won’t be any settings – a rule that applies across the country,” Cuomo told reporters, per News 12 Brooklyn. But he added that the restriction did not apply to people commuting or traveling from New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

  • Cuomo told reporters that health advisers had suggested the new rules would be more effective than the list of quarantine states since almost all states are on it, according to CNY Central.
  • The governor also said he believes new infections will likely increase with the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.
    • “People think they’re safe if they’re with people they know,” he said, per News 12. “Just because they’re your family doesn’t mean they are safe from COVID… That’s why I think these travel rules will be especially important. ”

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