Ohio has been added to a list of states from which people are not allowed to enter New York, New Jersey or Connecticut without first quarantining for 14 days.
Business leaders here worry that will hurt Ohio’s companies as they are trying to recover from the effects of the pandemic.
Roger Geiger, executive director of the Ohio Federation of Independent Business, called the news troubling.
“We were letting their executives and their business leaders and their business folks come to Ohio to do trade and commerce, but somehow Ohio businesses are not able to do the same," Geiger says. "I really do think it raises some interstate commerce questions."
Geiger suggests that the federal government step in to keep economic commerce open.
The governors from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut came up with an initial list of eight states where positive coronavirus tests made up 10% or more of those being tested on a seven-day average. This is different from the positivity rate, which has a seven-day moving average of 6.3%.
Over the last week, nearly 11 people in Ohio have tested positive for every 100,000 residents.
The 22 states now on the tri-state quarantine list are as follows:
- North Carolina
- New Mexico
- South Carolina
Delaware had been on the list at one point but has since been removed.