Coronavirus: New York changes visitor quarantine policy

Coronavirus: New York changes visitor quarantine policy

NEW YORK — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced changes Saturday to the state’s coronavirus travel advisory quarantine list policy that would require all visitors to take a test and show proof of a negative result.

Visitors from any state, except those that border New York, will be required to quarantine for three days and then take a coronavirus test on the fourth day, WKBW reported.

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“If the test is negative you can go about your life,” according to the new guidelines. “But if the test is positive you must remain in quarantine.”

Visitors who choose not to take a test are expected to quarantine for 14 days.

New Yorkers who leave the state for less than 24 hours must take a test within four days of returning to the state. Residents who leave for longer than 24 hours are subject to the same policy as all other visitors.

The sweeping policy change comes as the state sees its confirmed case count and hospitalization numbers start to rise, WNBC reported.

In New York, there are 512,223 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 33,152 deaths, according to The New York Times. The rate of those hospitalized has increased 20% in the last two weeks.

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