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Traveling to NY from a COVID hot spot? Gov. says you must quarantine

Posted at 6:49 PM, Jul 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-01 18:49:58-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Health officials say COVID-19 is still a risk, despite the state being open up.

While New York’s numbers are still on the decline, 16 states across the United States are seeing huge spikes in cases and hospitalizations.

During a media briefing Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo says if you have traveled from one of the 16 states, you must quarantine for 14 days.

The states are:

California

Nevada

Idaho

Utah

Arizona

Texas

Iowa

Arkansas

Louisiana

Mississippi

Alabama

Georgia

Tennessee

South Carolina

North Carolina

Florida

Cuomo says the airlines will have travelers fill out a slip indicating where the person is from, where they are going and other contact information. Cuomo says if you have traveled from one of these 16 states you must quarantine for 14 days, and if you’re arriving by air there will be people to check on you randomly.

Here in Erie County, the health department is ramping up its enforcement, especially with the holiday weekend. Health Commissioner Gale Burstein says they’re checking bars and restaurants for large crowds who are not abiding by the rules.

The health department is also asking you to fill out this form if you are heading to a location with a high COVID-19 infection rate.