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Coronavirus Latest: Cuomo Quits Travel Advisory; N.Y., Mass. Require Negative Tests Or Quarantine

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Here is an update on the coronavirus in the region:

Starting Wednesday, New York will require travelers from all non-neighboring states to get a coronavirus test before, and potentially after, they arrive in the state in order to avoid a 14-day quarantine.

New York’s positive test rate is 1.5% — down to 1.36% if so-called “hot zones” are excluded. This is the third lowest positive test rate in the country. Connecticut’s positive test rate has dropped to 2.5% after spiking last week.

Entering New York

Governor Andrew Cuomo says travelers will have to test negative for COVID-19 no more than three days before they enter New York.

Individuals arriving without proof of a negative test won't be stopped from entering the state, but will be required to quarantine for 14 days. Individuals who test negative will still have to quarantine for three days after they arrive and then take a second test.

It’s not clear how the state intends to enforce the rules.

Entering Mass.

Massachusetts is now requiring travelers from Connecticut and New Jersey to quarantine for 14-days upon entering the Bay State. The new rules went into effect on Saturday.

Visitors from the two states will be required to quarantine for two weeks or have proof of a negative COVID-19 test. The decision comes as coronavirus cases are ticking up in New England and around the country.

Unruly college students

Over the weekend, UConn-Stamford quarantined 235 dorm students after five new cases were diagnosed.

Quinnipiac University has sent about 20 students home for the semester after it was discovered they attended a Halloween party at Anthony’s Ocean View restaurant in New Haven on Thursday night. The city has closed the venue for violating COVID restrictions.