Flight passengers from New York told to self-quarantine

Posted at 1:20 PM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-26 07:10:01-04

NORFOLK, Va. - Flights from the New York region continue to land at Norfolk International Airport as passengers are being told to self-quarantine for 14 days.

"To everyone that has left New York over the last few days: Because of the rate of the number of cases, you may have been exposed before you left New York," explained Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus coordinator.

New York leads the nation with more than 30,000 cases as of Wednesday afternoon.

"This will be very critical that those individuals do self-quarantine in their homes over these next 14 days to make sure they don't pass the virus to others," said Birx.

Norfolk International Airport officials say they've been given no directive to alert or screen any passengers arriving from New York.

It's a different story in Florida, where Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order requiring people flying into Florida to self-quarantine.

Gov. Northam was asked if he agrees with Florida's action, but he didn't go that far. "We are following the guidelines. If someone has been in New York, where there seems to be higher incidents of COVID-19, we would ask them to quarantine for 14 days," he said Wednesday.

Health officials say 60% of new cases are coming from the New York City area.

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