Somers woman supports Rhode Island's move to quarantine out-of-staters, including herself

A Somers woman says she supports Rhode Island’s decision to quarantine out-of-staters amid the coronavirus, despite being asked to quarantine herself.

News 12 Staff

Mar 29, 2020, 7:40 PM

Updated 1,510 days ago

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 A Somers woman says she supports Rhode Island’s decision to quarantine out-of-staters amid the coronavirus, despite being asked to quarantine herself.
Laura Percopo says she drove to her Rhode Island home a couple of weeks ago to refurbish her property - and last week, she was served with a quarantine notice from police.
There was an order for New Yorkers in Rhode Island to quarantine themselves for two weeks, but it was expanded Sunday to include all states.
"I spoke to the governor of Rhode Island yesterday, I don't think the order was called for, I don't believe it was legal, I don't think it was neighborly and I thank her very much for reconsidering her position,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Rhode Island's governor did reconsider her position, saying now the state is not only targeting New Yorkers but all out-of-state visitors, forcing them to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Before the policy was changed, Cuomo had threatened to sue the state of Rhode Island.

Percopo says she stands with Rhode Island's decision.

"I know Cuomo wasn't thrilled about it, I'm not sure why he was upset about that because it was important and I think it was the right thing to do,” she says.
Gov. Cuomo announced earlier in the day that Rhode Island would no longer be stopping New Yorkers at its border — even thanking the state’s governor on Twitter. However, the tweet has since been deleted.
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