Curran: ‘Concerning’ Trend Of Out-Of-State Visitors Testing Positive For COVID In Nassau

Sophia Hall
July 07, 2020 - 8:27 pm

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    MINEOLA, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Nassau County Executive Laura Curran says around a quarter of the area’s positive coronavirus cases over the last two weeks have been people from other states.

    While the numbers include local residents who traveled to other states and are now returning home, there is a growing trend of out-of-state visitors coming into the county and testing positive for the virus. 

    Curran says around 15% to 25% of the confirmed cases are from people who do not live in Nassau. 

    She adds that the trend is “concerning” and they do not want to see any spikes. 

    Curran notes that New York State is asking visitors from areas that have high numbers of coronavirus cases to voluntarily quarantine for two weeks before going out into public spaces.

    “If you're visiting, we welcome you. But if you're coming from another state where there are a rising number of cases, we want you to take some time to quarantine, get tested,” Curran said. “Tests are now open to anyone; we have a very robust testing capacity.”

    Long Island is preparing to enter Phase 4 on Wednesday, and they do not want to roll back on the reopening process because of a surge in visitors. 

    Anyone traveling from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas or Utah is asked to quarantine for 14 days. 

    “We've done a really good job here of containing the virus. We've proved that we can reopen, we're gonna get into Phase 4 tomorrow. We're gonna get back to business,” Curran said. 

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