Governor Cuomo Announces Travel Advisory Requiring 14-Day Quarantine

In October 20, 2020

Arizona, Maryland Added to NY’s COVID-19 Travel Advisory; No Areas Are Removed

Non-Essential Interstate Travel Between Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania Discouraged

Statewide Positivity Rate is 1.3 Percent

Positive Testing Rate in Hot Spot Areas is 2.91 Percent; New York State Positivity Without Red Zone Focus Areas Included is 1.25 Percent

12 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday

Expanded Community Testing Continues This Week in Southern Tier, Western New York Counties Along PA Border  

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Arizona and Maryland have been added to New York’s COVID-19 travel advisory. No areas have been removed. The advisory requires individuals who have traveled to New York from areas with significant community spread to quarantine for 14 days. The quarantine applies to any person arriving from an area with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or an area with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

Neighboring states Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania now meet the criteria for the travel advisory — however, given the interconnected nature of the region and mode of transport between us, a quarantine on these states is not practically viable. That said, New York State highly discourages, to the extent practical, non-essential travel to and from these states while they meet the travel advisory criteria.

“We are now in a situation where 43 states meet the criteria for our travel advisory. This is really a bizarre outcome, considering New York once had the highest infection rate,” Governor Cuomo said. “There is no practical way to quarantine New York from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut. There are just too many interchanges, interconnections, and people who live in one place and work in the other. It would have a disastrous effect on the economy, and remember while we’re fighting this public health pandemic we’re also fighting to open up the economy. However, to the extent travel between the states is not essential, it should be avoided.”

The full, updated travel advisory list is available below:

  • Alaska
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Guam
  • Iowa
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Nebraska
  • New Mexico
  • Nevada
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming

In “Red Zone” focus areas included as part of the Governor’s Cluster Action Initiative, the positivity rate for test results reported yesterday is 2.91 percent – down from 3.31 percent the day before.

Within the “Red Zone” focus areas, 3,955 test results were reported yesterday, yielding 115 positives or a 2.91 percent positivity rate. In the remainder of the state, not counting these “Red Zone” focus areas, 86,585 test results were reported, yielding 1,086 positives or a 1.25 percent positivity rate. The state’s overall positivity rate is 1.32 percent with focus areas included. The “Red Zone” focus areas are home to 2.8 percent of the state population yet had 9.6 percent of all positive test results reported to the state yesterday.

 

FOCUS ZONE  9/27-10/3 % Positive  10/4- 10/10 % Positive  10/11 – 10/17 % Positive  Day Prior (10/18) % Positive  Yesterday (10/19) % Positive 
Brooklyn red-zone focus area % positive 6.69% 5.86% 5.29% 4.60% 3.45%
Queens Kew Garden Hills/Forest Hills red-zone focus area % positive 3.82% 3.71% 2.58% 1.40% 2.17%
Queens Far Rockaway  red-zone focus area % positive 2.33% 2.88% 2.08% 0.93% 1.84%
Rockland red-zone focus area % positive 12.29% 9.77% 4.54% 2.68% 1.99%
Orange red-zone focus area % positive 24.64% 12.41% 4.62% 1.35% 6.00%
All red-zone focus area % positive 6.91% 6.13% 4.42% 3.32% 2.91%
Statewide % positive with red-zone focus areas included 1.25% 1.18% 1.16% 1.21% 1.32%
Statewide % positive without red-zone focus areas included 1.02% 1.01% 1.06% 1.13% 1.25%

 

   9/27-10/3 10/4- 10/10 10/11 – 10/17  Day Prior (10/18) Yesterday (10/19)
Percentage of state’s positive cases coming from red-zone focus areas 21.80% 17.60% 11.50% 10.00% 9.60%

 

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Patient Hospitalization – 942 (+8)
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 113
  • Hospital Counties – 42
  • Number ICU – 194 (-4)
  • Number ICU with Intubation – 99 (-7)
  • Total Discharges – 78,530 (+88)
  • Deaths – 12
  • Total Deaths – 25,672

The Governor also announced the Department of Health is continuing to partner with counties and local health departments to open new rapid testing sites and expand existing community testing options in communities in Southern Tier and Western New York counties along Pennsylvania border that have seen recent upticks in cases.

Testing sites that will be open to the public for free rapid result tests this week are listed below. Additional hours and locations will be added as needed:

Chautauqua County:

Jamestown Training Grounds, 240 Harrison Street, Jamestown, NY 14701

Dunkirk Training Grounds, 665 Brigham Road, Dunkirk, NY 14048

To make appointment, follow the links for JamestownDunkirk respectively.

 

Cattaraugus County:

Allegany Fire Hall, 1st Street (West Main St), Allegany, NY 14706

Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Saturday

To make appointment: Any resident of Cattaraugus County can register by going to this link or calling (716) 938-9119 or (716) 938-2265

 

Allegany County:

Belmont BOCES Center, 5718 County Road 48, Belmont, NY 14813

Community testing Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

To make appointment: (585) 268-9250, press #4, to schedule an appointment for testing

 

Riverwalk Plaza, 121 Bolivar Road, Wellsville, NY 14895

Testing Days/Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10/20-10/23: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

To make appointment: (585) 268-9250, press #4 to schedule an appointment for testing

 

Chemung County:

Washington Elementary School (Elmira School District Administration Building)

430 Washington Ave, Elmira 14901

Expanded testing starting: Tuesday 10/20 – 10/24; Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.To make appointment, follow this link.

 

Steuben County:

Beartown Road Alliance Church, 21 Beartown Rd., Painted Post, NY 14870

Testing Monday – Friday (Variable hours)

To make an appointment, follow this link.

 

Tioga County:

Village Town Hall, 32 Ithaca St, Waverly 14892 H

Wednesday 12-6, Thursday and Friday 10-6

To make appointment, follow this link.

 

Each region’s percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

 

REGION  SATURDAY  SUNDAY  MONDAY 
Capital Region 0.9% 1.1% 0.8%
Central New York 1.2% 1.1% 2.1%
Finger Lakes 1.3% 1.5% 1.4%
Long Island 1.1% 1.0% 0.9%
Mid-Hudson 1.4% 1.4% 1.7%
Mohawk Valley 0.3% 0.3% 0.4%
New York City 1.1% 1.3% 1.3%
North Country 0.7% 1.3% 1.3%
Southern Tier 0.9% 1.2% 1.8%
Western New York 1.6% 0.9% 1.2%

 

Each New York City borough’s percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

 

BOROUGH  SATURDAY  SUNDAY  MONDAY 
Bronx 1.5% 1.2% 0.9%
Brooklyn 1.5% 1.5% 1.8%
Manhattan 0.6% 0.8% 1.0%
Queens 0.9% 1.6% 1.4%
Staten Island 1.4% 1.3% 1.5%

 

Of the 486,480 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

 

County  Total Positive  New Positive 
Albany 3,436 9
Allegany 220 8
Broome 3,003 76
Cattaraugus 417 11
Cayuga 302 8
Chautauqua 805 6
Chemung 1,332 40
Chenango 331 1
Clinton 215 16
Columbia 657 6
Cortland 436 20
Delaware 159 0
Dutchess 5,355 15
Erie 12,513 45
Essex 194 0
Franklin 77 0
Fulton 360 1
Genesee 371 0
Greene 477 3
Hamilton 16 0
Herkimer 371 1
Jefferson 192 1
Lewis 57 1
Livingston 250 7
Madison 537 1
Monroe 6,798 54
Montgomery 256 1
Nassau 48,731 74
Niagara 1,968 7
NYC 255,207 436
Oneida 2,599 5
Onondaga 5,052 31
Ontario 598 12
Orange 13,218 36
Orleans 368 5
Oswego 594 7
Otsego 368 1
Putnam 1,752 13
Rensselaer 1,040 6
Rockland 17,269 62
Saratoga 1,219 6
Schenectady 1,510 3
Schoharie 101 1
Schuyler 100 7
Seneca 128 0
St. Lawrence 368 5
Steuben 884 11
Suffolk 48,121 41
Sullivan 1,682 2
Tioga 459 11
Tompkins 556 8
Ulster 2,419 4
Warren 439 1
Washington 326 0
Wayne 386 3
Westchester 39,616 68
Wyoming 167 0
Yates 98 4

 

Yesterday, 12 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 25,672. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

 

Deaths by County of Residence 
County  New Deaths 
Allegany 1
Bronx 1
Broome 2
Dutchess 1
Erie 2
Kings 2
Richmond 1
Schuyler 1
Suffolk 1

 

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