NY lifts quarantine rules for some vaccinated New Yorkers

Registered Nurse Connie Garcia extracts a dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine that will be administered to a Texas Tech University Health Science Center student at Texas Tech University Health Science Center’s Academic Building on Monday, January 4, 2021 in Odessa, Texas. (Jacob Ford / American Odessa via AP)

ALBANY, NY (AP) – New York will follow updated guidance from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and will not require that some people vaccinated against COVID-19 be quarantined after being exposed to a person infected with the virus, Governor Andrew. Cuomo announced Thursday.

Cuomo and state health commissioner Howard Zucker said New York would follow CDC recommendations released Wednesday that apply to people who have received either the second injection of a two-dose vaccine or the first and only injection of a single-dose vaccine.

Once two weeks after the full vaccination have passed, these people will not be required to self-quarantine after exposure to COVID-19 if they do not have any symptoms of the disease, Cuomo said. This exemption lasts 90 days after vaccination.

Cuomo and Zucker urged New Yorkers to remain vigilant and continue to wear masks and stay away from others even if they are vaccinated. They said “the science regarding the transmissibility of COVID after vaccination remains unresolved, and these updated guidelines do not allow New Yorkers to let their guard down.”

New York is not out of the woods yet: The state has recorded an average of 9,078 new cases every day for the past seven days. That’s down 4% from the previous week, but it remains among the highest per capita rates in the country.

Hospitals and nursing homes have reported more than 1,000 deaths from COVID-19 each week since early January.

Hospitalizations fell to 7,342 on Wednesday, down 8% from seven days earlier. Cases are rising and hospitalizations are increasing in the Bronx in particular, which has averaged 986 new cases daily over the past seven days and reported 680 patients.

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