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NY, NJ and CT require travelers from states with high coronavirus rates to quarantine for two weeks

New York, New Jersey and Connecticut issued a travel advisory Wednesday that requires people arriving from states with high coronavirus rates to quarantine for 14 days.

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New York, New Jersey and Connecticut issued a travel advisory Wednesday that requires people arriving from states with high coronavirus rates to quarantine for 14 days.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said the travel advisory applies to anyone coming from a state with a transmission rate above a certain rate.

"We have to make sure the virus doesn't come in on a plane," Cuomo said.

"We worked very hard to get the viral transmission rate down, and we don't want to see it go up," he added.

Visitors from states over a set infection rate will have to quarantine, Cuomo said. As of Wednesday, states over the threshold were Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington, Utah and Texas.

The announcement is a 180-degree flip from just a few months ago, when the tri-state area, and New York City in particular, was the epicenter of the pandemic.

In late March, President Donald Trump considered placing the three states under quarantine, Rhode Island police stopped vehicles with New York license plates, and Florida directed all travelers from the tri-state area to isolate or quarantine for two weeks.

Months of strict lockdown rules, widespread testing and imperfect attempts at contact tracing have brought cases under control in the tri-state area and the region. New cases are on the decline this past week compared to the week before in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

But now, states in the South and West are seeing what Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, called a "disturbing surge" in cases. As of Wednesday, 26 states reported an increase in cases in the past week compared to the week prior, and that increase has been particularly stark in heavily populated states like California, Texas, Florida and Arizona.

Because of that, Gov. Cuomo suggested travel restrictions would be forthcoming in an interview with CNN on Monday.

"I'm getting calls all day long, people from Florida (and) Texas, saying, 'We want to be in New York because we're afraid to be in Texas and Florida.' That could actually increase our transmission rate," he said.

"I would consider states with the highest transmission rate, that if somebody comes from that state to New York there's a period of quarantine where they quarantine themselves to make sure they are not spreading it."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.