PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – With COVID-19 cases rising in Arizona, some states are now requiring Arizonans to complete a 14-day quarantine after arriving.
Many states are keeping a close eye on Arizona to see if a travel ban and/or quarantine is necessary, which could change any day.
Currently, there is a 14-day quarantine in Arizona for people are coming from hot spots New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. This restriction went into place in April.
Dr. Cara Christ, the director for the Arizona Department of Health Services says people are now out in the community and there’s more opportunity for the virus to spread.
New York and the tri-state area are the latest states to require anyone coming in from Arizona to quarantine for 14 days. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the mandate Wednesday morning. Cuomo said he and the governors of New Jersey and Connecticut have all agreed on the mandate.
"The infection rate formula will be 10 per 100,000 on a seven-day rolling average or 10% of the total population positive on a seven-day rolling average. So, any state that has an infection rate above that would require 14-day quarantine," Cuomo said in a news conference.
Kansas was one of the first states to specifically require anyone from Arizona to quarantine for 14 days. Other states Kansas is requiring a quarantine from include Alabama, Arkansas, Maryland, cruise ship travels and international travelers. Their next review of their travel list will be updated on July 1.
Some states are broader by requiring any people from out of state to quarantine for 14 days. For example, in Vermont, you must complete a 14-day or 7-day quarantine followed by a negative test in your home state before arriving in the state. Those states include Rhode Island, Ohio, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, Hawaii, and Alaska.
Many states do recommend that if you feel sick, have a cough or can’t breathe well to avoid traveling and contact with other people.
Per the Center for Disease Control, “Do not travel is you are sick, or if you have been around someone with COVID-19 in the pat 14 days. Do not travel with someone who is sick.”
A Gilbert woman said she canceled a trip to New York Wednesday after hearing the news.
Barbara Hahn planned to visit her dad in Buffalo in a few weeks.
"He's 83 years old," said Hahn. "He's gone into diabetic shock. He's not moving. He's not doing well, so I was going to go see him then saw the news today and said well, I guess I'm not going to see him again."
It's the second time Hahn had to cancel her trip to see dad since COVID-19 broke out in the U.S.
"Every time I think about it I think is this the last time I'm going to see him? Am I going to see him again?" said Hahn.
She said she has to go back to work and can't spend 14 days quarantining in New York before seeing her dad.
"I'm glad you're asking these questions because it's affecting a lot of people, and it's not just hey we want to go on vacation," said Hahn. "We want to go here. Some people have some really important reasons for going, and they should understand that."
What options do Arizonans have if they are exhibiting symptoms of the COVID-19?
If you continue to travel as planned, practice social distancing and wash hands or use hand sanitizer.