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State officials clarify rules on New York State travel testing option

Raven Brown
Updated: November 02, 2020 05:37 PM
Created: November 02, 2020 04:44 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — We have received countless questions about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new travel testing guidelines.

“I thought it was confusing,” Rochester resident Liz Vidas said.

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If you are flying to New York State you now have the option between quarantining for a full 14 days or you can produce a negative COVID-19 test before leaving the state you are coming from and again in New York after quarantine to get out early.

"It didn't really state whether you already lived in New York and came back if you had to do all the same guidelines,” Vidas said. 

According to state officials, beginning on Nov. 4 anyone who travels to New York can "test out" of the mandatory quarantine by getting a negative COVID-19 test within three days of arrival in the state you're coming from. You will have to test negative again on the fourth day of your stay in New York. 

When you travel to New York, you will still have to fill out the travel health form and submit it as usual.

Starting on Nov. 4, state officials say the form will have an option asking if you got tested before arrival. 

If yes, you will be able to submit your test results on the state website and that will then be sent to your local health department. 

“I think in this situation it might be a good option because the economy should function and people need to work to travel,” Rochester resident Michael Strezev said. 

The state said the county health department will then still check up on you to make sure you are quarantining while they verify your results. 

On the fourth day of quarantine, you should get a call letting you know you can get your second test. 

If the test is negative and verified by the health department, you no longer have to quarantine. 

“Each option has its cons and pros so it's just necessary to monitor the situation,” Strezev said.

If you were in a state for less than 24 hours, you don't have quarantine but need to get tested on the fourth day back in New York. 

If you travel here and you are here three days or less, you don't need to be tested but still have to stay in quarantine.

Essential workers will continue to be exempt.   

The rules don't apply to states neighboring New York.

State officials said it can be any type of test approved or authorized by the FDA or New York State Department of Health that detects COVID-19. 

For more frequently asked questions, click here.


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