ALBANY - Eight new states have been added to New York's list of required travel quarantines, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday.
The announcement now brings to 16 the number of states on the list. Travelers from each of the 16 states who come to New York will be required to quarantine for 14 days over rising COVID-19 infections.
The states added to the list are: California, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada and Tennessee. They now join Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Utah, which were each previously placed on the list.
The quarantine applies to anyone arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a seven-day rolling average or a state with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average.
"As an increasing number of states around the country fight significant community spread, New York is taking action to maintain the precarious safety of its phased, data-driven reopening," Cuomo said in a statement. "We've set metrics for community spread just as we've set metrics for everything the state does to fight COVID-19, and eight more states have reached the level of spread required to qualify for New York's travel advisory, meaning we will now require individuals traveling to New York from those states to quarantine for 14 days."
In New York, patient hospitalizations stood at 891 Tuesday and the state recorded 13 deaths.