ALBANY – New York State is ramping up efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 by implementing one of the nation’s strictest restrictions for anyone traveling to the state.
To help slow the spread of the virus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday said the state will now require every visitor to show proof of a negative coronavirus test, and then be tested again following a 3-day quarantine.
This replaces a 14-day quarantine that was in place for travelers from certain states.
Cuomo says enforcement of the travel restrictions will be done at the local level by health departments.
He added the new rule does not apply to commuters who come in-and-out daily for business.
The news comes as the United States hit a new record mark Friday recording 98,859 coronavirus cases in a single day.
Over the past two weeks, more than 76,000 new virus cases have been reported daily in the U.S. on average, up from about 54,000 in mid-October, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The country is now in its highest case peak since the pandemic began with nearly two dozen states reporting their worst week for cases.
Of course, the situation has been far worse in New York, which has more COVID-19 deaths than any other state.
However, cases have increased 45% over the last 14 days.
As of Saturday morning, there were 510,171 cases and 33,143 deaths in New York since the beginning of the pandemic.