The tables have turned...
Recalling the early weeks of the coronavirus outbreak in the US, New York, Connecticut and New Jersey are ordering all visitors to their states, which have only recently gotten over the worst of the viral outbreak, to quarantine for two weeks first.
Notably, states like Florida imposed restrictions on travel from the northeast during the early days when NYC was the undisputed national epicenter of the outbreak. Gov Cuomo once threatened to sue Rhode Island after the state's governor asked state troopers to stop drivers with out of state license plates to see if they were violating quarantine rules.
Cuomo: We’re (NY, NJ, CT) announcing today a joint travel advisory - people coming in from states that have a high infection rate must quarantine for 14 days, and we have a calibration for the infection rate. #COVID19— Meg Tirrell (@megtirrell) June 24, 2020
Cuomo: Any state that goes over that infection rate, that state will be subject to the quarantine. It’s only for the simple reason that we worked very hard to get the viral transmission rate down. #COVID19— Meg Tirrell (@megtirrell) June 24, 2020
Cuomo: criteria for quarantine are 10 infections per 100k on 7-day rolling avg or 10% of total population positive on 7-day rolling avg. Any state that has infection rate above that would require 14-day quarantine. As of today, states that qualify are: AL AR AZ FL NC SC WA UT TX— Meg Tirrell (@megtirrell) June 24, 2020
How will 14-day quarantine be enforced?— Meg Tirrell (@megtirrell) June 24, 2020
Cuomo: Each state will do its own. In NY it’s an advisory, you’re informed you should quarantine for 14 days. Notes police officers may stop cars with out of state license plates. (Cont)
Per WaPo: "The governors of the tri-state area jointly announced the travel advisory, which requires a 14-day quarantine for visitors from states whose infection rates meet certain thresholds indicating “significant community spread,” according to New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D). Nine states currently meeting that threshold, Cuomo said: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington, Utah and Texas."
Unsurprisingly, Cuomo broke the news with a tweet.
I am announcing with @GovMurphy and @GovNedLamont a joint travel advisory. All individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID into NY, NJ, or CT must quarantine for 14 days.— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) June 24, 2020
This travel advisory is effective midnight tonight.
Equities are moving even lower on the news, and Dow futures just took out their lows from Sunday night.
- 0905ET California COVID-19 cases rise 3.9% or +7,149 to 190,222 (up from +5,019)
- 0938ET Texas reported a 7.3% rise in Covid-19 hospitalizations to 4,389 from 4,092 yesterday.
- 1033ET FLORIDA COVID-19 CASES RISE 5.3% VS. PREVIOUS 7-DAY AVG. 3.7%
- 1130ET HOUSTON-AREA INTENSIVE CARE UNITS ARE AT 97% OF CAPACITY: CITY
- 1140ET NEW YORK, N.J. AND CONNECTICUT ORDER VISITORS TO QUARANTINE
Cuomo said the quarantine will take effect at midnight and cover states including Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Utah, Texas and others.
Meanwhile, hospitalizations in the state of NY have declined to new lows, while the state reported just 17 new deaths.
Today's update on the numbers:— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) June 24, 2020
51,144 tests were performed yesterday. 581 tests came back positive (1.1% of total).
Total hospitalizations fell to 1,071.
Sadly, there were 17 COVID fatalities yesterday. pic.twitter.com/pbdaDqEZXG