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Niagara County Public Health Director Urges Compliance With State Travel Advisory

and Recommends Testing of Those Returning

Author: Jacquelyn Langdon/Monday, June 29, 2020/Categories: Health

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New York State has issued a travel advisory requiring travelers entering New York from states with prevalent transmission of COVID-19 to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days. Those who travel to high-risk states and return to Niagara County will be required to comply with the precautionary quarantine requirements per Governors Executive Order 205.  Exemptions for essential workers have been made and individuals or businesses who are in need of further clarification are encouraged to reach out to the proper contacts at the State.

Travelers who are either returning or planning a trip, should review the New York State COVID-19 Travel Advisory link at: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory for a current list of restricted states, guidance for travel and quarantine, as well as exemptions for essential workers. Those returning from one of the high-risk states on non-essential travel will not receive paid sick leave benefits for their required quarantine per the NYS Executive Order 202.45.

Those with questions regarding the travel advisory in place for individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 should contact NYS COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-364-3065.

To report non-compliance with the governor’s orders, including individuals failing to adhere to the quarantine requirements pursuant to the travel advisory, contact NYS on Pause Hotline at 1-833-789-0470. 

“The community has done tremendous work helping to flatten the curve. As our infection rate has significantly reduced, we need those returning to Niagara County to follow public health guidelines and consider free diagnostic testing during their 14 day quarantine,” urged Daniel J. Stapleton, Public Health Director. Adherence to requirements help to contain the rate of COVID-19 transmission and protect vulnerable populations from serious illness. “Anyone currently in quarantine should get tested for COVID-19,” Mr. Stapleton emphasized. The free county testing site is open every Wednesday with appointments starting as early as 9:30AM. To register, call 716-278-1900. Testing is free, does not require a doctor’s order, and results are available in about 2 to 4 days.  For more information about COVID-19 and other test sites (including antibody testing) visit: https://www.niagaracounty.com/health/Services/Public-Health-Preparedness/2019-Novel-Coronavirus-COVID-19

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