Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York State, speaks at a press conference in New York City on September 8, 2020.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is ending the requirement that travelers from locations with high numbers of coronavirus cases be quarantined for two weeks after arriving in the state.
Instead, Cuomo will require travelers to be tested for Covid-19 prior to travel. Within three days of entering the state, a Cuomo spokesman confirmed CNBC on Saturday. New York residents traveling outside of the state for less than 24 hours are not required to take a test prior to their return. However, you will need to take a test upon return.
Cuomo's travel advice was for anyone coming from a state with a positive test rate of more than 10 per 100,000 residents over a moving average of seven days, or a state with a positive rate of 10% or more over a moving average of seven days. According to the New York state website, 41 states met the criteria for a two-week quarantine upon arrival on Tuesday.
Last week, Cuomo said the coronavirus outbreaks that struck the United States before the holiday season had become so severe that even neighboring states of Connecticut and New Jersey, which were able to suppress the virus after spring peaks, reported spikes they were on the Land Land would perform. In the past few weeks, New York has responded to its own surge in coronavirus cases in "red zones," where higher rates of positivity have been reported.
Public health officials and infectious disease experts fear the coronavirus surge could turn bad as the nation enters flu season and hospitals start to fill. The U.S. continued to hit new highs for infection this week. Friday saw a record 99,321 daily new cases, bringing the 7-day average daily new cases to a new high of 78,738, a CNBC analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University revealed.
– CNBC's Noah Higgins-Dunn contributed to this report.