Friday, September 18, 2020
Friday, September 18, 2020

Travelers to NY, New Jersey, Connecticut are told to isolate
T

Your Content is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they’re published.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York, Connecticut and New Jersey will require visitors from states with high coronavirus infection rates to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, beginning Thursday, the three governors said.

“We now have to make sure the rates continue to drop,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday at a video briefing with Govs. Phil Murphy of New Jersey and Ned Lamont of Connecticut, both fellow Democrats. “We also have to make sure the virus doesn’t come on a plane again.”

- Advertisement -

What was presented as a “travel advisory” affects three adjacent Northeastern states that after time were able to check the spread of the virus this spring as New York City became a hot spot for the pandemic.

And the governors are now warily eying other states with rising caseloads, trying to keep history from repeating itself.

“This is a smart thing to do,” Murphy said. “We have taken our people, the three of us … to hell and back. The last thing we need to do right now is subject our folks to another round.”

- Advertisement -

The states’ health departments will provide details of how the rule will work, Murphy said. Visitors to New York from affected states will be informed that they need to quarantine and that violators could face a mandatory quarantine and a fine, Cuomo said.

The quarantine is voluntary but “urgent guidance,” Lamont said at a briefing in Hartford, noting it will be enforced differently in each state. Connecticut is considering putting up signs at entry points and getting the word out via social media.

The announcement comes as summer travel to the states’ beaches, parks and other attractions — not to mention New York City — would normally swing into high gear.

Visitors from states over a set infection rate will have to quarantine, Cuomo said. As of Wednesday, states over the threshold were Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington, Utah and Texas.

Protect Independent Journalism

Your Content is a nonprofit newsroom that produces nonpartisan, evidence-based journalism to expose injustice, corruption and wrongdoing.

Spearheading the news revolution for Americans across the nation, Your Content has brought a voice to those the media failed to acknowledge.

This story you’ve just finished was funded by our readers and we hope it inspires you to make a gift to Your Content so that we can publish more reports like this one that holds people in power to account and produces real change.

Your donation will help us ensure that we can continue this critical work. We are busier than ever covering stories you won’t see anywhere else.

Global Cases of COVID-19 Tops 30 Million

President Donald Trump confidently declared a vaccine would soon be available for the American people.

Wolf Administration Instructs Pennsylvanians to Ignore Federal Ruling on COVID Closures

Gov. Wolf has instructed Pennsylvanians to disobey a federal court order regarding his administration’s coronavirus closures.

BREAKING: Man Shoots MOTHER AND FATHER in Montgomery County, Parents Airlifted to Trauma Center

Police in New Hanover Township are swarming the 2900 block of Reifsnyder Road after a man shot his mother and father.

Police Officer SHOT in St. Louis‘ College Hill Neighborhood, Gunman at Large

An officer was injured in a shooting in St. Louis' College Hill neighborhood.

Coatesville Police Responding to Freak Motorcycle Accident, Reports of 1 Dead on Route 82 Nearby Marriott

The fatal accident involving a motorcycle was in the area of Route 82 at the Route 30 bypass, according to police.

Shots Fired Inside an Indiana Mall, Shoppers Stampede to Safety

Shots have been fired inside an Indiana mall on Saturday after footage showed terrified shoppers sprinting away.

Pennsylvania Sees Coronavirus Surge, Over 1,000 New Cases Overnight

There are 1,008 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 142,885.

Two Dept. of Children and Family Services Staffers Charged in AJ Freund Investigation

Both men were taken into custody and transported to the McHenry County jail Thursday.

Stay Informed & Get Your Content, Daily.

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.

Your Content is a 501(c)(3) non-profit national American media organization of artists and journalists headquartered in Pennsylvania.