New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have added Iowa to a list of states covered by an advisory that requires travelers to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his counter parts New Jersey and Connecticut, announced a travel advisory last week that requires individuals from states with “increased prevalence of COVID-19” to quarantine.
The advisory applies to states with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or a test positivity rate higher than 10%.
Cuomo’s office announced today that Iowa now meet the metrics under the travel advisory. Also covered under Tuesday's announcement are California, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada and Tennessee.
Gov. Kim Reynolds said Iowa is changing the way it counts who has recovered from COVID-19. The state now shows more people recovering from the virus.
Starting Monday, the state began considering Iowans to have recovered from COVID-19 28 days after a positive test, or two incubation periods of the coronavirus, unless the state receives information that the person is still hospitalized or has not recovered.
Prior to the change, Iowa had a recovery rate of about 62%, Reynolds said. The new process brings Iowa's recovery rate to about 80%. That is roughly the percentage of cases that cause mild symptoms and in which the infected person is able to recover at home.
Another five people with COVID-19 have died in Iowa, and there have been an additional 213 confirmed cases, the state reported today.
The state was reporting 712 COVID-19-related deaths, an increase of five since the state's tally yesterday, according its Coronavirus.Iowa.gov website.
Six more cases of the virus were recorded in Woodbury County today. There have been 43 deaths attributed to COVID-19.