RHODE ISLAND-Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo has her state’s National Guard stopping New Yorkers from entering her state, according to a report in Bloomberg News. New Yorkers traveling north to America’s coronavirus ground zero should be expected to be stopped and ordered to self quarantine for 14 days.
“We have a pinpointed risk,” Raimondo said. “That risk is called New York City.”
New York City leads the nation with more than 46,000 cases and 606 deaths. The death toll in the city is rising daily to over 80 per day in the past two days.
“I’ve been asked about travel from New York in light of the number of cases there, more than 30,000. Given those numbers, I’m issuing an executive order that demands that anyone who has traveled to New York by any means of transportation quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Rhode Island,” the governor said. “This applies to anyone who has been to NYC in the last 14 days and hereafter. We will be parking National Guard members at bus stops and train station to collect contact information from travelers and inform them about the quarantine. State police will help us inform those who travel by car. I understand this may be alarming for some who wish to know how their information will be used. I want to assure everyone that this information is only shared with the Rhode Island Department of Health so we can quarantine people and keep them safe.”