Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) said Sunday that states “can’t be putting restrictions on each other” after New York, New Jersey and Connecticut announced a 14-day quarantine for travelers from states hit hard by coronavirus.
The Arkansas governor, whose residents would have to comply with the quarantine, said on ABC News’ “This Week” that it is “understandable” that New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Arizona recount to show Trump's loss by even wider margin Former co-worker accuses Chris Cuomo of sexual harassment in NYT essay NY health chief criticized over state's COVID-19 response resigns MORE (D) instituted this policy, along with the two other states.
“And ultimately, whenever you see growth of cases from Texas to California, I don't think New York wants to isolate themselves from -- from every region of commerce that might have a spike in cases,” he added.
He noted that Arkansas had the “same order” for travelers from New York at the beginning of the pandemic in the U.S., adding it has been lifted “because this virus has become like a fog going across the United States, sometimes slowly, sometimes rapidly.”
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Cuomo announced that people from states with an infection rate of more than 10 cases per 100,000 people on a seven-day rolling average have to quarantine for two weeks when arriving in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut.
California, Texas and Florida have paused their reopening efforts in the midst of rising cases.
Hutchinson didn’t say whether the state will reverse course on its reopening plans, but he said the state will not move onto the third phase of reopening “until we make sure that we get a handle on our current cases.”
His state has documented a total of 18,577 confirmed cases of COVID-19, leading to 259 deaths, according to the state health department.
The Arkansas governor called for another doubling of testing nationwide, saying the demand for testing supplies is “only going to increase.”
“If we are going to have school, which we plan on doing next year, if we're going to have other activities that we like in society, it all depends on the ability to test and know what the radar shows is where the virus is, so we can go in and isolate it, we can trace it down,” he said.