CDC Issues Travel Advisory For Three States After Trump Request: Report
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a travel advisory urging people in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to “refrain from non-essential domestic travel” for the next two weeks. The advisory came after a request from President Donald Trump, CNN reported Saturday night.
According to the report, Trump had asked the CDC to issue the advisory after he had floated the idea of a quarantine earlier in the day.
The CDC said this advisory does not apply to employees of critical infrastructure industries, including but not limited to trucking, public health professionals, financial services, and food supply. These employees of critical infrastructure, as defined by the United States Department of Homeland Security and have a special responsibility to maintain normal work schedules.
The move comes, he said on Twitter, after consulting with the governors of the three states, who will administer the plan “in consultation with the Federal Government.” The CDC said that the governors of the states would have “full discretion” on how to implement the advisory.
On the recommendation of the White House CoronaVirus Task Force, and upon consultation with the Governor’s of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, I have asked the @CDCgov to issue a strong Travel Advisory, to be administered by the Governors, in consultation with the….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 29, 2020
Trump’s suggestion comes after the United States this week became the epicenter of the global pandemic, with more than 120,000 reported Covid-19 cases across the country, and more than 52,000 of them in New York state alone.
Officials forecast that the apex of the pandemic there is still 14 to 21 days away. But overwhelmed hospitals, in New York as well as across the US, working to treat coronavirus patients and curb the spread of the virus are facing a shortage of supplies and ventilators, a key piece of equipment.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that he spoke with Trump on Saturday morning, but that the two had not discussed a quarantine.
“I don’t even know what that means. I don’t know how that could be legally enforceable,” the Democratic governor said during in a news conference in Albany. “And from a medical point view, I don’t know what you would be accomplishing.”
“But I can tell you, I don’t even like the sound of it,” he added.
Later Saturday, Cuomo told CNN’s Ana Cabrera that the quarantine sounded more like a lockdown for the New York area, calling a potential move by the federal government “mayhem.”
“It would be chaos and mayhem,” Cuomo said. “It’s totally opposite everything he’s been saying. I don’t think it is plausible. I don’t think it is legal.”
Trump, however, earlier said that possible quarantine would be “enforceable” and “restrict travel” from those parts of the tri-state area.
“Restrict travel, because they’re having problems down in Florida, a lot of New Yorkers going down. We don’t want that,” he said.
Florida’s governor had mandated a 14-day self-quarantine or isolation period for travelers coming to Florida from airports in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Ron DeSantis said during a call with Trump, the President mentioned the possibility of a quarantine “around the New York City area.”