WHO HAS TO QUARANTINE AFTER COMING TO NY
Anyone who travels to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut from states that are still seeing high coronavirus numbers will have to quarantine for 14 days.
The governors of each state announced the decision on Wednesday.
In New York, cops will stop cars with license plates from the affected states to ask the person why they are not quarantining and how long they have been in the state for.
The quarantine applies to any state with infection rate of 10 infections per 100,000 people on a seven day rolling average or 10 percent of the total population testing positive.
The states that currently applies to are Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington, Utah and Texas.
It will go into effect in New York at midnight and anyone caught violating it faces fines of up to $10,000.
‘Get on a flight fast,’ New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday as he announced the quarantine.
If a person is caught having traveled to New York from one of the high risk states and they are not quarantining, they can be fined $2,000.
If they are caught a second time, the fine is $5,000 and if they are found to have ’caused harm’, they face a fine of $10,000.
Cuomo said New York’s slow reopening plan had been ‘vindicated’ by the fact its numbers continue to decrease while other states are seeing spikes.
Forcing people to quarantine from other, high risk states, he said, was ‘just common sense’.
‘We do not want the virus coming in on a plane again,’ he said.
For the last three days, the average number of people dying across the state was 17. At its worst in April, the number was nearly 800.
There are now 1,071 people in the hospital with COVID-19. At the height of the pandemic, that number was more than 18,000.
Twenty-seven states are still seeing rising coronavirus case numbers and rising hospitalization numbers.
Seven states hit their highest coronavirus hospitalizations this week.
Cuomo shared a slide showing the states where coronavirus numbers continue to rise
Just over 820 Americans died from coronavirus on Tuesday, bringing the total death toll to more than 121,000. It is the highest number of daily deaths recorded in the past week after fatality rates started declining nationwide
New cases in the US have been surging for more than a week after trending down for over six weeks. Nearly 35,000 new cases were reported on Tuesday, which is down from the record 36,000 infections that were logged on April 24
Texas, which was one of the first states to start reopening back in April, has also reached an all-time high of new cases leading Republican Governor Greg Abbott to backpedal on efforts to get back to business as usual and tell people not to leave the house unless they need to.
In Florida, where new cases surged 87 percent last week, Governor Ron DeSantis warned Tuesday he will be cracking down on bars and restaurants that flout social distancing guidelines, after reports of large parties across the state.
A similar hard line is being adopted in New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy said Monday, in response to images circulated on social media which showed large crowds gathering at newly reopened bars and restaurants.
Experts are warning that the nationwide increase in infections is largely coming from a spike in cases among young people who are ignoring social distancing measures and testing positive for the virus.
‘You are putting people’s lives in jeopardy,’ Cuomo said of the states that reopened ‘too early’.
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (left) and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (right) are imposing the same quarantine in their states