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Reports: PA could be added to travel advisory list

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Reports that Pennsylvania could be added to New York’s travel advisory list due to an increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases there is prompting concerns from area elected officials over what it could mean for both economies.

“I am concerned that this will have a negative impact on our already strained local economy,” said State Sen. George Borrello, R-Sunset Bay. “We have a lot of economic activity and commerce in this region that involves Pennsylvania. This is another “one-size-fits-all” reaction to something that should be handled in a more regional manner.”

Borrello said he is working to obtain more information on whether Pennsylvania is expected to be added to the list this week.

As of this weekend, Warren County had 59 total cases of COVID-19. Meanwhile, Chautauqua County reported six new cases on Monday and 34 over the last three days, bringing the total to 872 to date.

In addition, the county Health Department reported that 18 people with the coronavirus have been hospitalized as of Saturday.

The advisory requires individuals who have traveled to New York from areas with significant community spread to quarantine for 14 days. The quarantine applies to any person arriving from an area with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a seven-day rolling average or an area with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average.

WGRZ-TV in Buffalo reported Monday morning that five states, including Pennsylvania, could be added to the travel advisory list this week based on the state’s metrics.

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