NY state scraps quarantine list, will use testing requirement for travelers: Cuomo

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday that New York was doing away with its quarantine list and moving to a new testing policy for people arriving in the state.

“There will be no quarantine list,” Cuomo said, adding that it had become too unwieldy, with more states on it than not on it. "There will be one rule that applies across the country."

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The governor said under the new rule, people coming to New York from out of state must have proof they’ve tested negative in the three days before their arrival.

They also must quarantine for three days upon arrival and then take a test on the fourth day. If that test is also negative, then that person is released from quarantine. If the test is positive, then they must remain in quarantine.

If someone chooses not to get tested, then they must stay in quarantine for 14 days.

“So the mandatory quarantine is actually three days upon arrival. You can take a test on the fourth day, test says you’re negative, that’s that,” Cuomo said.

The new policy applies to travel from every state except the contiguous states bordering New York, including New Jersey and Connecticut.

New Yorkers who travel outside the state for less than 24 hours don’t have to quarantine but must take a test within four days of their return. If the test says they’re positive, then they must stay in quarantine.

Cuomo said airports and county health departments would deal with enforcement.

The state reported 2,049 more positive COVID cases on Saturday, 1.49% of the 136,962 tests taken on Friday. The state’s total since the pandemic began is now 507,480 cases.

Hospitalizations were at 1,121, an increase of 36 patients. Of those, 248 patients were in intensive care and 122 were intubated.

The state also reported eight more deaths. The state’s death toll is now 25,807.