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Reports: PA could be added to NY travel advisory list

Reports that Pennsylvania could be added to New York’s travel advisory list as early as this week due to an increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases is prompting concerns from New York’s elected officials over what it could mean for the local economy.

“I am concerned that this will have a negative impact on our already strained local economy,” said State Sen. George Borrello, R-Sunset Bay. “We have a lot of economic activity and commerce in this region that involves Pennsylvania. This is another “one-size-fits-all” reaction to something that should be handled in a more regional manner.”

Borrello said he is working to obtain more information on whether Pennsylvania is expected to be added to the list this week.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo in June announced that New York was joining New Jersey and Connecticut in announcing the travel advisory for those returning from travel to states with significant community spread of COVID-19. The guidelines states that the advisory does not apply to those who pass through designated states for a limited time, identified as 24 hours through “the course of travel.”

The travel advisory requires individuals who have traveled to New York from areas with significant community spread to quarantine for 14 days. The quarantine applies to any person arriving from an area with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a seven-day rolling average or an area with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average.

WGRZ-TV in Buffalo reported Monday morning that five states, including Pennsylvania, could be added to the travel advisory list this week.

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