The advisory applies to states that have an infection rate above 10 cases per 100,000 people, or if 10% of the total population tests positive. Both metrics will be monitored on a rolling seven-day average.
As of June 29, there are currently sixteen states that meet the criteria:
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
New Jersey first announced the news Tuesday morning, followed soon after by Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont and then New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
“As an increasing number of states around the country fight significant community spread, New York is taking action to maintain the precarious safety of its phased, data-driven reopening,” Cuomo said.
Just 1% of COVID-19 tests Monday in New York came back positive, Cuomo announced.
The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut imposed a 14-day quarantine on people traveling to the tri-state area from states with a high transmission rate of coronavirus last week.
The advisory also applies to tri-state area residents who are traveling back to their home state from areas with a high rate of transmission.
The travel advisory comes as all three states continue to make great strides in slowing the spread of COVID-19.
The tri-state area was considered the epicenter of the country’s coronavirus outbreak as the number of cases in March and April soared into the hundreds of thousands and the death toll continued to climb for weeks.