NEW YORK — As New York continues to reopen, the list of states on the tri-state quarantine list continues to grow.
Kansas, Oklahoma, and Delaware the latest states on the tri-state area quarantine list.
That means anyone traveling to New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut from those or 16 other states around the country are required to quarantine for two weeks upon arrival.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the travel quarantine list back on June 24. Tuesday he reminded everyone that states are added to the list based on simple statistics.
If a state has a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or 10 percent or higher positive rate over a 7-day rolling average they’re simply added to the list.
“As states around the country experience increasing community spread, New York is taking action to ensure the continued safety of our phased reopening. Our entire response to this pandemic has been by the numbers, and we’ve set metrics for community spread just as we set metrics for everything,” Governor Cuomo said.
Meanwhile, Mayor de Blasio throwing a surprise life-preserver to parents heading back to work.
“It’s really important to tell people that child care centers will be up and running as soon as Monday,” de Blasio said.
After being closed since April, the Department of Health held an emergency meeting where they voted unanimously to lift the restrictions. Deputy Health Commissioner Corinne Schiff says daycare operators have been asking when this day would come.
“We’ve heard from them a lot asking when they will be able to reopen,” Schiff said. “They have a lot of parents who are going back to work and are seeking their services.”
At least 150 childcare services had remained open for the children of essential workers during the shutdown. With the vote, 3,000 programs will be allowed to reopen by Monday as long as they meet state mandates including:
- having no more than 15 kids per room
- face coverings for staff and kids
- daily health screenings
- regular cleaning and disinfecting
- and limited sharing of items like toys.
Despite all the protocols, School directors like Nicole Barnhardt say they’re ready.
“We can open as early as next week,” Barnhardt said.