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Cuomo says National Guard will enforce COVID screening at New York airports

"You should not land if you do not have proof of a negative test," governor says.

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LaGuardia Airport in New York City
LaGuardia Airport in New York City
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Updated: November 7, 2020 - 2:06pm

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday said that the state’s National Guard will be on-hand at New York airports to ensure compliance with Cuomo’s COVID-19 screening regulations.

"You should not land if you do not have proof of a negative test upon landing," he said during a press conference. "I want people to know we're serious."

Travelers to New York State must provide evidence that they have recently tested negative for COVID-19; they must also take a second test four days after arriving.

Cuomo cited rising case numbers in the state for the enhanced measures. Positive COVID-19 tests in New York have slowly increased since mid-September, though statewide daily deaths have remained very low since mid-July.

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