New York state, New Jersey and Connecticut have added Maryland and three other states to their latest coronavirus travel advisory, either asking or requiring individuals who visit the state to self-quarantine for 14 days.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office wrote in a news release that Maryland, Delaware, Ohio and West Virginia were added to the list because the states “meet the metrics to qualify for New York State’s COVID-19 travel advisory.” In total, 35 states are on the list, the office wrote.
While Maryland is no longer seeing the thousands of daily cases it did during the height of the pandemic back in April, Johns Hopkins University says Maryland’s seven-day rolling testing positivity rate stands at 6.1%, down from 6.23% Monday, which the highest it’s been since July 29. The state confirmed 336 new cases Wednesday.
Meanwhile, New York state, which was identified as an early epicenter for the virus after cases started appearing in New York City, has a seven-day rolling positivity rate of 0.9%, according to Johns Hopkins University.
New York confirmed 576 new cases of the coronavirus Wednesday, but the state’s population of 19.45 million people is more than three times Maryland’s population of just over 6 million people.
New York’s quarantine applies to any person arriving from an area with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a seven-day rolling average or an area with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average. People from those states coming to New York or Connecticut are required to self-quarantine for 14 days, while New Jersey only asks those visiting from those states to quarantine themselves.
“Individuals coming from other states continue to be a problem, and today we’re adding four more states to New York’s travel advisory,” Cuomo said in a statement.
This story has been updated to clarify how different states are handling self-quarantine requests and requirements.