Rhode Island Governor Gina Raymondo told CNBC Jim Kramer on Wednesday that she is considering quarantine and travel restrictions for visitors from emerging coronavirus hotspots after three neighboring states have issued security orders.
Ocean State, which is the smallest US state by land but the second most populous state in the country, can implement plans similar to those in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey, where officials will begin a 14-day regime on Thursday. quarantine for travelers from the states where cases of Covid-19 are going wild.
“I’m thinking about restricting trips or mandatory testing for people who come from a hot spot or perhaps quarantine,” she said in an interview with Mad Money. “I have not yet decided how to do it exactly, because I want it to be practical and feasible, but you’d better believe that I’m worried about it, because we worked incredibly hard (to hold back the flash), and I’m not I I do not want to go back. “
Three governors in the three states of New York, once the epicenter of the outbreak in the United States, said they would restrict and sometimes fine travelers from the states, most of which are located in the south of the country, where in recent years the incidence rate of Covid- 19 increased significantly. weeks. Orders that include a two-week rule of self-isolation and an initial fine of $ 2,000 for arrivals who refuse to comply with the quarantine measure are still applied in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Utah and Texas.
Quarantine applies to people arriving from states where the level of positivity exceeds 10% during the seven-day moving average.
The three-state area in March was initially the target of travelers quarantine mandates from states such as Florida and Texas. Now that the new infection rate in this area has declined, the situation has changed as the virus now spreads in the south and west. The Dow Jones Index fell more than 700 points in Wednesday’s session as concerns over the coronavirus started to put pressure on stocks again.
Rhode Island, which was also one of the first heavily damaged states, resumed business two months ago after aggressive testing helped the state test more residents per capita than others in an attempt to slow the spread of the deadly virus. According to Raimondo, on Wednesday, Rhode Island tested more than 20% of its approximately 1 million inhabitants and showed a positive test result of less than 2%.
According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, more than 16,600 people tested positive for Covid-19, and more than 900 people died from complications on Rhode Island. The state has 1,568 cases per 100,000 people.
“Very early in this crisis, I accepted – what some would say – a cruel approach. I actually used our National Guard to monitor cars arriving from other states, including New York, to ask them to quarantine if they came from a place like New York, which was a hot spot, “the governor said. Democrat of the second term.
Raimondo, the venture capitalist, continued to defend these measures, for which, she said, she received some criticism.
“The truth is that, as I said, Rhode Island is the only state in America where we have checked 20% of the population, hospitalizations are declining, the business is open for several months, and I have to do everything I need in my the state was trading without hospitalization, ”she explained.
Raimondo also said that public-private partnerships were part of her state’s efforts to combat the outbreak. Rhode Island has worked with Salesforce to track contacts, CVS Health to test for coronavirus, and Survey Monkey to collect data, among other partnerships.
“Innovation is the reason Rhode Island is in such a great position,” Raimondo said.