New York, New Jersey, Connecticut to quarantine Florida COVID-19 travelers
Andrew Cuomo won’t get a vaccine until shots reach his age group in Black, Hispanic, and poor communities throughout New York State. Image via AP.

Andrew Cuomo
Gov. Ron DeSantis quarantined them, now Cuomo is returning the favor.

Turnabout is fair play, apparently.

New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut will quarantine travelers from Florida starting at midnight tonight, asserted Gov. Andrew Cuomo Wednesday.

Cuomo had teased such a 14-day quarantine in recent days, and it apparently will come to pass, announced after another record day of positive tests in the Sunshine State.

New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut will, in a “regional collaboration” Cuomo described Monday on MSNBC, impose a two-week quarantine on Florida travelers until the state finally quells the recent uptick in infections.

“I get phone calls from people in Florida,” Cuomo groused, “who say ‘we want to come to New York because we’re afraid of the virus.’”

For Cuomo, who saw New Yorkers quarantined when traveling to Florida while his state’s caseload was the talk of the world, recent developments seemed to offer him some vindication, as he contrasted his state’s performance with that of Florida and other states, which reopened “politically” rather than heeding “the science.”

States like Florida, Cuomo contended, pushed to “reopen, reopen, reopen.” New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut were driven by the “science,” Cuomo said, taking a “political pounding” from the White House for doing so.

“We tested those theories … following the science,” Cuomo said, saying states that opened “quickly and recklessly without any controls” are “seeing the virus going up.”

“Florida, Arizona, Texas … 20 states,” Cuomo said. “That’s what happens when you reopen politically. And you see the virus go up.”

The Governor noted these states “didn’t do any favors for the economy,” as “the virus goes up, the markets go down.”

Cuomo castigated current messaging saying the increased positive tests are simply a function of more tests being administered.

“They gave us a whole line: it’s not that the virus is going up, it’s that we’re doing more testing,” Cuomo said. “That is just not true.”

“You look at Florida, more people are going into hospitals. It has nothing to do with testing. More people are going to ICU beds. It has nothing to do with testing.”

“The virus is up, more people are getting sick,” Cuomo continued. “The number of deaths keep going up.”

Despite feeling vindication, Cuomo said the decision to isolate travelers was not rooted in petty vengeance. The new quarantine decision is “just common sense,” Cuomo told reporters.

“It’s only for the simple reason that we worked very hard to get the viral transmission rate down. We don’t want to see it go up because a lot of people come into this region, and they could literally bring the infection with them. It wouldn’t be malicious or malevolent, but it would still be real,” he said.

Previously, Gov. Ron DeSantis had said that if Cuomo does quarantine Floridians, not to do it in New York nursing homes, where 6,300 have died from COVID-19.

The tri-state travel advisory, which goes into effect Thursday, will apply to states with a positive test rate of 10 per 100,000 residents on a seven-day rolling average, or a 10% or higher positivity rate, also based on a seven-day rolling average.

As of Wednesday, the quarantine applies to Florida — which had a seven-day positivity rate of 14.1%, according to data compiled by the John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center — Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington, Utah and Texas, Cuomo said.

“The states themselves can change as the infection rate changes. And we will update daily what states are above that infection rate,” Cuomo said. “And again, it’s just common sense. It’s the spirit of community.”

The Florida Department of Health on Wednesday reported 5,508 new COVID-19 cases. Nearly 16 percent of all tests were positive, a jump from Tuesday’s rate of less than 11 percent.

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The News Service of Florida contributed to this post.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


3 comments

  • Ray Blacklidge

    June 24, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    Talk about Political dumb moves..Democrat Cuomo, NY, NJ and Connecticut are playing a fools game. More people have died in New York’s nursing homes than have died in the entire State of Florida. Florida also has a bigger population than New York. You maybe able to extend the time period over which people get Covid-19, however if you isolate, Covid-19 will still be waiting for you when you stop and rejoin the World. Cuomo said the numbers of deaths keep going up. Well they certainly are going to go down, unless you audit New York deaths and take away the people they counted who weren’t even tested for Covid-19. The good news in Florida is, even while numbers of cases have skyrocketed, the numbers of deaths have dropped from averaging 40 a day to between 10 and 20 a day, with record cases. We also haven’t seen large increases in hospitalizations. All good news.

  • Frankie M.

    June 24, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    How you like dem apples duhsantis? The good news is all those people from up north will be coming to floriduh for the rnc & the beaches because it’s easier here. Open 4 bidness LMAO

  • Sonja Fitch

    June 24, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    Duffus Desantis makes you proud that your leadership is quarantining folks from Florida to travel. Don’t worry. The goptrump cult sociopath racist sexist liar trump is doing the same thing for Americans wanting to travel out of USA! You losers. Get out!!!!

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