New York Declares Travelers From Oklahoma Must Quarantine For Two Weeks

Jul 7, 2020

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has added Oklahoma to a list of states with "increasing community spread" of COVID-19, and will require visitors arriving from Oklahoma to quarantine for 14 days.

In a Tuesday press release, Cuomo announced that Oklahoma, Delaware and Kansas join 16 other states that meet New York's metric for the travel advisory.

"The quarantine applies to any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or a state with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average," the statement reads.

"New Yorkers did the impossible - we went from the worst infection rate in the United States to one of the best - and the last thing we need is to see another spike of COVID-19," it concludes.

Gothamist / WNYC has reported that it remains unclear whether the mandatory quarantine ordered in the governor's travel advisory is "practical, desirable, or enforceable." Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt implemented an executive order with a similar quarantine policy for arrivals from New York in March, when New York City was the global epicenter of the pandemic.