4 states added to tri-state COVID-19 quarantine list; Puerto Rico, Virgin Island removed

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Posted at 11:51 AM, Sep 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-08 12:03:57-04

NEW YORK — Four states have been added to the tri-state's travel advisory, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday.

After being removed two weeks ago, Delaware and Maryland return to the list, in addition to Ohio and West Virginia.

Meanwhile, U.S. territories Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have been allowed to fall off the quarantine list.

The advisory applies to states that have an infection rate above 10 cases per 100,000 people, or if 10% of the total population tests positive. Both metrics will be monitored on a rolling seven-day average.

As of Sept. 8 there are currently 34 states and one territory that meet the criteria for quarantining on return to New York, New Jersey or Connecticut:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Guam
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

New York's daily rate of positive COVID-19 tests had been below 1% for over a month as of Labor Day weekend.

The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut imposed a 14-day quarantine on people traveling to the tri-state area from states with a high transmission rate of coronavirus.

The advisory also applies to tri-state area residents who are traveling back to their home state from areas with a high rate of transmission.

The travel advisory comes as all three states continue to make great strides in slowing the spread of COVID-19.

The tri-state area was considered the epicenter of the country's coronavirus outbreak as the number of cases in March and April soared into the hundreds of thousands and the death toll continued to climb for weeks.