As the US sees a rise in positive COVID-19 diagnoses, the governors of three states that have been hit hardest by the crisis have ordered a new lockdown on travel from states experiencing a rise in cases.
In a joint virtual press conference on Wednesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced that travelers from Arkansas, Alabama, Arizona, South Carolina, Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Utah and Washington will have to quarantine for 14 days.
Cuomo reinforced the statement by tweeting “All individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID into NY, NJ, or CT must quarantine for 14 days.”
The travel advisory is expected to go into effect at midnight on Wednesday.
While New York and New Jersey have seen their cases and deaths dive in recent weeks, states like Texas and Florida have seen a significant spike. Fox News reported:
Infection rates in Texas have doubled since late May, and on Tuesday, the state reached a 12th consecutive day of record COVID-19 hospitalizations with more than 4,000. That amounts to a more than 170 percent increase in hospitalizations since Memorial Day.
And in states like Florida, officials are seeing more than 4,000 new cases of the novel coronavirus per day since its reopening. And in South Carolina, the Department of Health and Environmental Control reported record increases in daily cases within the past week.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the US is experiencing the highest number of confirmed cases since April as of Tuesday. Both hospitalizations and positive tests are increasing, according to the data.
Coronavirus cases may be on the rise, but public health officials are still refusing to caution against the widespread protests that have consumed the nation for nearly a month.
Though Democrats are salivating over the potential for re-imposing strict lockdowns, even the notoriously cautious White House infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, told House Democrats on Tuesday that states likely will not need to impose an “absolute shutdown,” instead recommending that states experiencing a rise in cases simply slow the reopening process.
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