Travelers To New York Must Get Tested For Coronavirus: Cuomo

Megan VerHelst
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NEW YORK — Anyone traveling into New York will now be required to undergo coronavirus testing before and after traveling to the state.

The policy, announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo during a news conference call with reporters, replaces a travel advisory that required travelers from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival to New York, CNY Central reported.

The new policy requires anyone traveling in New York to test negative for the virus within three days prior to arrival. Once they arrive in New York, travelers must quarantine for three days and, on the fourth day, get tested for the virus again.

If they test positive, travelers will be required to quarantine for an additional 14 days.

New Yorkers who travel outside the state for less than 24 hours must also get tested for COVID-19 within four days of their return.

The new policy does not apply to New York's neighboring states or anyone commuting between states for work.

On the call, Cuomo said the change was made after experts suggested a testing policy would be more effective than a travel advisory list, CNY Central reported.

At least 2,049 confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported in the state Friday, reflecting a positivity rate of about 1.5 percent based on 136,962 reported tests. Health officials also reported eight deaths, Cuomo said in a tweet on Saturday.

This article originally appeared on the Massapequa Patch