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Can Utahns travel to New York?

Utah residents were placed on the banned list. Can they travel yet?

In this Wednesday, July 15, 2020, file photo, people arrive at the drop-off area of Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport in New York. Airlines are trying to convince a frightened public that measures like mandatory face masks and hospital-grade air filters make sitting in a plane safer than many other indoor settings during the coronavirus pandemic, but it isn’t working.
In this Wednesday, July 15, 2020, file photo, people arrive at the drop-off area of Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport in New York. Airlines are trying to convince a frightened public that measures like mandatory face masks and hospital-grade air filters make sitting in a plane safer than many other indoor settings during the coronavirus pandemic, but it isn’t working.
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Can Utah residents travel to New York state? Yes, of course. But you’ll need to quarantine.

What’s going on:

Utah remains on New York’s list of restricted states, which is based on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order from June, which required people from specific states to quarantine once they arrived in New York.

  • The criteria is based on the seven-day rolling average.
  • New Tork requires it for states with a rolling average of positive tests in excess of 10%, or number of positive cases exceeding 10 per 100,000 residents.

Utah’s numbers:

The rolling seven-day average for new cases in Utah is 388 per day, and the average positive testing rate is 8.9%, according to Deseret.com.

According to The New York Times, Utah is averaging 85 positive cases per 100,000 residents, which is likely the reason why Utahns need to quarantine in New York.

Other states:

  • Utah is still on New Jersey’s restricted state list, which is similar to New York’s quarantine list. New Jersey recently removed Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Maryland and Montana.
  • Utah remains on Massachusetts’ list as well. But the Bay State has different requirements: average daily cases per 100,000 below six and positive test rate below 5%. Utah is far above both of those numbers.