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LONG ISLAND, NY — Three neighboring states, including New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania, now qualify for New York's travel advisory list, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he would consider asking people to limit "non-essential travel" to those states.
Although Cuomo said he will not put CT and NJ on New York's quarantine list due to the fact that it would be devastating to the economy, but he would be working with the governors of those states to explore solutions and help control the infection rate. He has also said the "interconnections" between those states would effectively make border control practically impossible and "disruptive" to the economy.
According to Cuomo, the coronavirus is now the third leading cause of death in America, killing more residents than strokes, respiratory disease, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes or kidney disease.
A total of 43 states in the nation now qualify for New York's travel advisory list, based on the metric of 10 cases per 100,000 on a seven day rolling average. Connecticut, he said, still has an infection rate of less than two percent, and New Jersey, below three percent, but both meet the metric of 10 cases per 100,000 over a seven day rolling average with Connecticut at 11 and New Jersey a little over 10.
Both, he said, qualify for the quarantine list, with Pennsylvania facing the same issue, Cuomo said.
With spikes in infection in both CT and NJ, Cuomo said he was set to speak with the governors of those states Tuesday to see how New York can help them.
"There is no practical way to quarantine travel to New York from New Jersey and Connecticut," Cuomo said, with too many people traveling between the states to work. "It would have a disastrous effect on the economy," he said.
Also, he said, the only way you can enforce quarantine is at airports and train stations, but in CT, NJ and PA, "you don't fly in, you drive in, through hundreds of different routes."
But, he said, "We are going to talk to them about making it clear that travel between states that is not essential, should be avoided."
Cuomo said he would discuss developments in that regard on Wednesday's press briefing.
As of Tuesday, New York's infection rate in the red, or cluster zones, was 2.9 percent; the statewide rate of infection without the oversampling of the red zones was 1.2 percent, and with the red zones factored in, the total statewide positivity rate was 1.3 percent, he said.
A total of 12 people died over the past 24 hours, with 942 hospitalized, 194 in ICU and 99 intubated. Long Island's rate of infection stood at .9 percent Tuesday, he said.
Looking ahead, as micro-clusters pop up, "we will attack them and abate them," Cuomo said.
Context is important, Cuomo said: New York's rate of infection is one of the lowest in the country, with Nevada, for example, seeing a rate of 45 percent, South Dakota, 37 percent, and Idaho, 28 percent.
Despite the uptick, some states don’t want to go back to close downs, or "endure them anymore," due to COVID fatigue, Cuomo said.
"Politically, it's hard to do, but if you don't, it spreads and you have an even bigger problem," Cuomo said.
The next chapter, Cuomo said, will be the implementation of a vaccination administration program.
In other news, a moratorium on commercial evictions, to mirror residential evictions, has now been extended until January 1, 2021.