Gov. Cuomo announces mandatory COVID-19 testing for out-of-state travelers


New York has eliminated its quarantine travel advisory list, replacing it with a strict new blanket testing policy, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday.

Travelers from nearly every state in the union must show proof of a negative test taken within three days of arriving, and must also quarantine for three additional days — and get a new COVID-19 on the fourth day.

If that’s positive, they must isolate for two weeks, the governor said at an Albany press briefing.

“Four days plus three days is seven days, and that’s basically, by all probability, the incubation period,” Cuomo said, as he announced 2,049 new cases across the state and 8 deaths yesterday.

“There will be no metrics. There will be one rule that applies across the country,” the governor said.

Anyone who refuses to be tested must quarantine for 14 days.

Previously there was a two-week mandatory quarantine for travelers arriving from areas deemed to have high or increasing COVID-19 cases.

The testing policy applies to every state except New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut, Cuomo said.

Those who commute between bordering states are not required to be tested each trip, he added.

New Yorkers who travel outside of the state must get tested for the virus within four days of their return.

Meanwhile, Cuomo said the state’s targeted shutdowns or “microcluster approach,” in virus hotspots in Brooklyn and Queens is working, based on anecdotal evidence from hospitals and heath care facilities.

“I believe we got their attention in the red zones and the increase in enforcement got their attention. They are displeased with me but the infection rate came down and I believe I did my job.”

The average percent of positive cases in the state’s microcluster zones is 3 percent.

New York’s statewide positivity rate is 1.49 percent — the third-lowest in the nation.

Maine has a .97 percent positivity, behind Vermont’s .53 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Without the hotspots, the state’s positivity rate drops to 1.3 percent, he said.

“New Yorkers should be really proud of what they’re doing,” Cuomo said. “To be third in the nation is very good.”

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