Upstate New York county executives want 14-day quarantine measures for New York City travelers

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New York state county executives want to start enforcing 14-day quarantine measures around their county lines on any persons coming from coronavirus hot zones, such as New York City.

Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin told the Washington Examiner he informed New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker on Friday that he would issue a health order enforcing a 14-day quarantine on any visitors.

“Cuomo seized power in one of his executive orders … and vested it in the health department and the state health department. Prior to that, county health departments had wide latitude in state statute,” McLaughlin said. “It still remains in state statute, but he set it up in his mind so that we had to go to him and get permission. So, we did that. We said we don’t want people coming here, but if they are, we want a 14-day quarantine.”

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