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NY, NJ quarantine advisory expands to 19 states, including Delaware, Oklahoma and Kansas

  • July 07, 2020

More travelers coming to New Jersey, New York and Connecticut – including those from nearby Delaware – are being asked to self-quarantine for 14 days as the list of states with surging COVID-19 rates increased to 19 on Tuesday.

Three new states were added a day after Gov. Phil Murphy said recent outbreaks in New Jersey are tied to travel from other states with skyrocketing rates. 

The three new states are:

  • Delaware 
  • Kansas
  • Oklahoma

Those affected are travelers from states where COVID-19 test rates are higher than 10 positive cases per 100,000 residents or a state with a higher than 10% positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average.

The list of states has more than doubled in less than two weeks as coronavirus continues to spread at a rapid rate outside of the tri-state area. There were only eight states listed in the original advisory, issued June 26 by New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut.

Delaware is the first state listed that is close to New Jersey. Residents from both states travel back and forth regularly for work and to enjoy each other’s beaches.

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The policy essentially works on the honor system. 

Upon entering New Jersey, New York or Connecticut, travelers are advised to voluntarily stay indoors for 14 days and only go out for medical care or to buy food and other essential items. Those who get tested in New Jersey can end their quarantine early if the results are negative.

Essential workers — including truckers and others in transportation — are exempt.   

The other states are:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Iowa
  • Idaho
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • Nevada
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah

States may be added or taken off the list depending on their COVID-19 rates.

“Several outbreaks across New Jersey are directly tied to travel from COVID-19 hotspots nationwide,” Murphy said in a statement. “In order to responsibly continue down our road back to restart and recovery, we must remain vigilant in our collective effort to beat the virus and reduce the rate of transmission.”

Scott Fallon covers the environment for NorthJersey.com. To get unlimited access to the latest news about how New Jersey’s environment affects your health and well-being,  please subscribe or activate your digital account today.

Email: fallon@northjersey.com Twitter: @newsfallon 

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