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COVID-19: Protocols

COVID-19: NYS Travel Advisory

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Overview

In response to increased rates of COVID-19 transmission in certain states within the United States, NYS has joined with New Jersey and Connecticut in jointly issuing a travel advisory for anyone returning from travel to states that have a significant degree of community-wide spread of COVID-19.

NYS Travel Restrictions

SELF-QUARANTINE

Current travel guidelines allow travelers to New York to “test out” of the mandatory 14-day quarantine. (Previously individuals who traveled from one of the designated restricted states with significant community spread, were to self-quarantine when they entered New York for 14 days, unless they were an essential worker).

  • Travelers from states that are contiguous with New York
  • Travelers from a noncontiguous state, U.S. territory or CDC level 2, 3 or 4 country.
    • For travelers out-of-state for more than 24 hours;
      • Travelers must obtain a test within 3 days of departure, prior to arrival in NY;
      • The traveler must, upon arrival in NY quarantine for 3 days;
      • On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID test.
      • If both tests come back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative test.
      • If the tests come back positive, isolation orders and contact tracing will commence.
      • The local health department must make contact with the state the traveler came from, to ensure contact tracing proceeds there as well.
    • For travelers who were out-of-state for less than 24 hours:
      • Do not need a test prior to their departure from the other state, and does not need to quarantine upon arrival in NYS;
      • However, the traveler must fill out the Traveler Health Form upon entry into NYS, and take a COVID test 4 days after their arrival in NYS.
      • If the test comes back positive, isolation orders and contact tracing will commence.
      • The local health department must make contact with the state the traveler came from, to ensure contact tracing proceeds there as well.

For general inquires, contact the 1-888-364-3065.

For detailed travel guidelines visit: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/11/interm_guidance_travel_advisory.pdf.

For CDC’s travel guidelines visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html.

Note

Exceptions to the travel advisory are permitted for essential workers and are limited based on the duration of time in designated states, as well as the intended duration of time in New York. For more information visit: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/12/nysdoh-hcp-webinar-12.3.20.final_.pdf

QUARANTINE REQUIREMENTS

  • The individual must not be in public or otherwise leave the quarters that they have identified as suitable for their quarantine.
  • The individual must be situated in separate quarters with a separate bathroom facility for each individual or family group. Access to a sink with soap, water, and paper towels is necessary.
  • Cleaning supplies (e.g. household cleaning wipes, bleach) must be provided in any shared bathroom.
  • The individual must have a way to self-quarantine from household members as soon as fever or other symptoms develop, in a separate room(s) with a separate door. Given that an exposed person might become ill while sleeping, the exposed person must sleep in a separate bedroom from household members.
  • Food must be delivered to the person’s quarters.
  • Quarters must have a supply of face masks for individuals to put on if they become symptomatic.
  • Garbage must be bagged and left outside for routine pick up. Special handling is not required.
  • A system for temperature and symptom monitoring must be implemented to provide assessment in-place for the quarantined persons in their separate quarters.
  • Nearby medical facilities must be notified, if the individual begins to experience more than mild symptoms and may require medical assistance.
  • The quarters must be secure against unauthorized access.

For a complete and current listing of quarantine requirements visit: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory#traveler-health-form, click on the left hand side, “Precautionary Quarantine Requirements.”

FAILURE TO SELF-QUARANTINE

To file a report of an individual failing to adhere to the quarantine call 833-789-0470 or visit https://mylicense.custhelp.com/app/ask.