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The list was expanded just prior to a European Union decision to bar visitors from the U.S., with the world’s most virus cases, when it reopens to international travelers on Wednesday.
“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,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a news release.
The three Northeastern U.S. governors, who tamped down Covid-19 after swift and early case peaks, on June 24 issued advisories instructing people to self-isolate for 14 days if they were coming from eight states with recent virus spikes. Now, the affected states include Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.
Those states, many of which reopened early against the advice of health experts, now are reporting record cases. They landed on the Northeast list because their positive test rates were higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or they had a 10% or higher positivity rate on a seven-day rolling average, according to the states.
The order comes as the number of positive Covid-19 cases continues to remain low in New York state with 524 new cases and 13 virus-related deaths as of June 29. But New York reported that the number of virus patients hospitalized had increased Monday for the first time since April.
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