Story at a glance
- Public health experts have been warning of a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic as states reopen.
- Differences in how states have handled the pandemic are reflected in widely varying infection rates.
- The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are seeking to protect their residents from those frm other states.
After emerging as a major hotspot during the coronavirus pandemic, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are now taking steps to brace against a second wave as the United States reopens.
In a joint press conference, the governors of the three neighboring states announced that visitors from states with high coronavirus infection rates must self-quarantine for 14 days on arrival.
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"It's clear ... there is a problem in a number of other states, and we have to be very careful about the impact that would have on New York," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said at the press conference.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the guidance will apply to visitors from any state where 10 of every 100,000 people test positive on a rolling seven-day basis, or where the positivity rate in the total population is 10 percent, on a seven-day rolling basis, as well. Currently, these states are Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Washington.
“This is a smart thing to do,” New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said via video at a joint news conference in New York City. “We have taken our people, the three of us from these three states, through hell and back, and the last thing we need to do right now is subject our folks to another round.”
Fines for not quarantining are $2,000 for the first violation, $5,000 for the second violation, and $10,000 if you cause harm, Cuomo said.
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