GB families reminded of updates to NYS travel advisory

  • With the rise in COVID-19 infection rates in some areas across New York state and in an effort to prevent further spread of it in the north country, the Jefferson County Public Health Service has requested that the General Brown school district share information with parents and families that emphasizes details of the travel advisory in effect. It’s important to remember that limiting contact with people from out of the region is one of the best ways to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. As the holidays approach, families are asked to remain vigilant in protecting themselves and others by following the information regarding the travel advisory.

    On Friday, October 30, 2020, Governor Cuomo ended the mandatory 14-day quarantine period in part. This change took effect on November 4, 2020. Please see https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-new-guidelines-allowing-out-state-travelers-test-out-mandatory-14-day and https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory.

    For any traveler to New York from out of state, exempting the contiguous states of Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, the new guidelines for travelers to test-out of the mandatory 14-day quarantine are:

     For travelers who were in another state for more than 24 hours:

    • Travelers must obtain a test within three days of departure from that state.
    • The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
    • On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID test. If both tests come back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.

    For travelers who were in another state for less than 24 hours:

    • The traveler does not need a test prior to their departure from the other state and does not need to quarantine upon arrival in New York State.
    • However, the traveler must fill out our traveler form upon entry into New York State, and take a COVID diagnostic test 4 days after their arrival in New York.

    Local health departments will validate tests, if necessary, and if a test comes back positive, will issue isolation orders and initiate contact tracing. The local health department must contact the state the traveler came from, to ensure contact tracing proceeds there as well.

    All travelers must continue to fill out the traveler form upon arrival into New York State to contribute to New York State’s robust contact tracing program.