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When New York announced last month that Washington state residents could visit without quarantining for two weeks, Seattle-based labor lawyer Michael Subit sprang into action.
He started planning a six-day cross-country driving trip with his wife and Bernese Mountain dog to visit his elderly parents. His 91-year-old father was just discharged after four months without visitors at a Veterans Administration hospital, where he was treated for a bone infection. His mother, 83, has diabetes, survived several strokes and heart attacks and is at high risk of COVID-19.
They arrived in White Plains, New York, Tuesday night. As he traveled across the U.S., Subit kept an eye on Washington’s COVID-19 rate and case count to make sure it didn’t go back on New York’s list of more than 30 states whose residents have to quarantine for 14 days if they visit. They drove through Montana about the time it hit New York’s list, and they passed through many other states already on it, including Idaho and Indiana. New York doesn’t count a state unless you spend 24 hours in it.
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Michael Subit, his wife Leslie Hagin and dog, Breezy, are shown by South Dakota’s Missouri River on their drive to New York to see Subit’s parents. (Photo: Family photo)