US N.Y.-Area Self-Quarantine Order Grows to Include 16 States
Attorney sues Cuomo over 'unconstitutional' 14-day quarantine for out-of-state visitors
An attorney filed a lawsuit and sought an emergency temporary restraining order against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday over new restrictions requiring individuals traveling to the region from states experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases to self-quarantine, arguing it is an “abridgment” of his right to travel and “unconstitutional.” © Provided by FOX News California-based attorney Jon Corbett, who maintains property in Brooklyn, N.Y.
New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have doubled their quarantine list to include 16 states from which visitors are unwelcome unless they help prevent spread of the novel coronavirus.
The list was expanded just prior to a European Union decision to bar visitors from the U.S., with the world’s most virus cases, when it reopens to international travelers on Wednesday.
“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,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a news release.
Canada extends COVID-19 international border closures, mandatory quarantine order
Canada extends COVID-19 international border closures, mandatory quarantine orderOTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada is extending a global travel ban and mandatory quarantine measures that require most travelers to Canada, including citizens returning home, to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival, the Canadian government said on Tuesday.
The three Northeastern U.S. governors, who tamped down Covid-19 after swift and early case peaks, on June 24 issued advisories instructing people to self-isolate for 14 days if they were coming from eight states with recent virus spikes. Now, the affected states include Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.
Those states, many of which reopened early against the advice of health experts, now are reporting record cases. They landed on the Northeast list because their positive test rates were higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or they had a 10% or higher positivity rate on a seven-day rolling average, according to the states.
Chicago mayor issues emergency travel advisory for those coming from states with coronavirus surges
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) announced Thursday that the city is issuing an emergency travel order directing all residents and travelers entering Chicago from states experiencing an uptick in coronavirus cases to quarantine for 14 days in an effort to slow the spread of the virus.The order, issued by Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Allison Arwady, is set to go into effect next Monday. As of Thursday, the states included in the order were Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.
The order comes as the number of positive Covid-19 cases continues to remain low in New York state with 524 new cases and 13 virus-related deaths as of June 29. But New York reported that the number of virus patients hospitalized had increased Monday for the first time since April.
In New Jersey, 992 virus patients were hospitalized, the second straight day the figure has fallen below 1,000. But the transmission rate has risen to 0.88 after having reached 0.62 on June 11. If the rate reaches 1, it means the virus is spreading. As the virus took hold in New Jersey in March, each virus-carrying person was passing the virus to at least five people.
Governor Phil Murphy on Tuesday reported 13,181 dead had tested positive for coronavirus and 1,854 fatalities with a probable but untested link. Murphy indefinitely halted a planned July 2 return to indoor dining, citing case spikes in the South and West and “knuckleheads” in his own state shown on social media disregarding social distancing at outdoor venues.
(Updates with New Jersey virus figures in seventh paragraph.)
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New York adds three more states' travelers to growing list for quarantine order .
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced Tuesday that his state, New Jersey and Connecticut are adding Delaware, Kansas and Oklahoma to the growing list of states under their quarantine order amid the coronavirus pandemic. Last month, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut announced a joint travel advisory requiring travelers from states with an infection rate of more than 10 cases per 100,000 people on a seven-day rolling average to quarantine when entering. As of Tuesday, travelers going into the three from 19 hotspot states are told to isolate for 14 days. Delaware is the first state from the northeast to make it onto the list.