The Memo: Trump travel plans reveal weakness in battlegrounds

President TrumpDonald John TrumpLabor secretary’s wife tests positive for COVID-19 Russia shuts down Trump admin’s last-minute push to strike nuclear arms deal before election Trump makes appeal to suburban women at rally: ‘Will you please like me?’ MORE is returning full steam to the campaign trail this week — but his schedule reveals the weakness of his position.

Trump will travel to Iowa for a rally Wednesday and to Georgia, as well as Florida, on Friday.

Trump carried Iowa by more than 9 percentage points against Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump makes appeal to suburban women at rally: ‘Will you please like me?’ Only William Barr stands between Trump and the end of democracy in America Texas county says more than 95 percent of eligible voters are registered for this election MORE in 2016, while no Democrat has won Georgia in a presidential election since former President Clinton in 1992.

The fact that those states are competitive is a warning sign about the president’s chances.

The travel decisions come at the same time as speculation mounts about the financial health of the president’s campaign. According to recent reports, the Trump campaign has pulled $17 million of planned ad spending from Iowa, New Hampshire and Ohio.

Campaign aides pushed back against the suggestion of a cash crunch during a conference call with reporters Monday. The move pertaining to advertising was characterized by them as a straightforward call to not take up the option of airtime that had been reserved months ago.

During that same call, aides including campaign manager Bill StepienBill StepienThe Memo: Biden landslide creeps into view Trump relishes return to large rallies following COVID-19 diagnosis Trump tests negative for COVID-19 on consecutive days, doctor says MORE portrayed Trump as the campaign’s biggest asset, especially when it comes to rallies.

The president seems to have had his spirits lifted following his release from hospital, at least to judge from footage of him dancing briefly to The Village People’s “Y.M.C.A.” at a rally in Sanford, Fla., on Monday.

At the same event, Trump said to cheers that he felt “so powerful” after his struggle with COVID-19 that “I will walk in there, I’ll kiss everyone in that audience. I’ll kiss the guys, and the beautiful women and everybody.”

Those comments again stirred up safety concerns as cases of coronavirus rise in many parts of the country. Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump makes appeal to suburban women at rally: ‘Will you please like me?’ Pro-Trump campaign ad uses stock footage from Russia, Belarus Harris raises alarm on abortion rights while grilling Barrett MORE has mostly avoided big rallies, a decision that his supporters hail as prudent from a public health perspective. Team Trump alleges the dearth of Biden rallies shows a lack of enthusiasm for the former vice president’s candidacy.

Trump is a big believer in the power of rallies to move the needle. He and his aides hearken back to the 2016 campaign as proof.

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NJ Expands Coronavirus Travel Quarantine List To Biggest Ever

NEW JERSEY – Gov. Phil Murphy has expanded the quarantine travel advisory list to its largest ever, now demanding travelers from 38 states and territories to quarantine for two weeks after returning – even if their travel route started in New Jersey.

Murphy added three states this week – Ohio, Michigan and Virginia – raising the total of states and territories included in the advisory to 38, marking the largest number of states on New Jersey’s quarantine list to date.

July 28 previously held the record for the most states included on the list at 36.

Anybody traveling south will still have to find a circuitous route since Delaware remains on the quarantine list. In fact, traveling to many parts of the southern U.S. will be difficult without having to isolate upon return (see full list of states on the quarantine list below).

The travel advisory is issued for states with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10 percent or higher positive rate over a 7-day rolling average.

Anyone returning from the designated states should self-quarantine at their home, hotel or other temporary lodging, Murphy said, and only leave for medical care or essential items.

“As cases have increased within our own state and we work to contain clusters, it is vital to ensure that we are taking all steps necessary to stop the further spread of COVID-19 from out of state,” said Murphy. “It remains critically important for anyone arriving to New Jersey from these 38 states and territories to get tested for COVID-19 and self-quarantine for 14 days.”

Murphy is now saying New Jersey may have to suspend further reopenings if cases continue to rise. Murphy made the comments after the Garden State had its highest daily number of new cases in four months. Read more: Gov. Murphy: NJ May Stop Reopenings If COVID-19 Cases Keep Rising

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Here is the latest list:

  • Alabama

  • Alaska

  • Arkansas

  • Colorado

  • Delaware

  • Florida

  • Georgia

  • Guam

  • Idaho

  • Illinois

  • Indiana

  • Iowa

  • Kansas

  • Kentucky

  • Louisiana

  • Michigan

  • Minnesota

  • Mississippi

  • Missouri

  • Montana

  • Nebraska

  • Nevada

  • New Mexico

  • North Carolina

  • North Dakota

  • Ohio

  • Oklahoma

  • Puerto Rico

  • Rhode Island

  • South Carolina

  • South Dakota

  • Tennessee

  • Texas

  • Utah

  • Virginia

  • West Virginia

  • Wisconsin

  • Wyoming

Travelers and those residents who are returning from impacted states should self-quarantine at their home, hotel, or other temporary lodging. Individuals should leave the place of self-quarantine only to seek medical care/treatment or to obtain food and other essential items.
It is expected that individuals will follow the public health advisory to self-quarantine. The list of states will be updated on a rolling basis and is accessible here.

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Three states added to New York’s travel quarantine list; hot spots still an issue

This story was reported by Catherine Carrera, Matthew Chayes, Bart Jones, David Reich-Hale, Joie Tyrrell and John Valenti. It was written by Jones.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Tuesday that Ohio, Michigan and Virginia were added to the list of states and territories with high levels of COVID-19 infection and from which travelers must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival here.

No places were removed from the list, which numbers more than 30 states and territories.

More schools on Long Island responded to new cases, while New York City schools reported a “really encouraging” result from recent testing, New York City Mayor de Blasio said Tuesday.

The positivity level from tests completed Monday across all of New York was measured at 1.2% outside of the “micro-clusters” the state is targeting, but rose to 4.13% in about 20 “hot spots” that the state is targeting in Brooklyn and Queens, along with Rockland and Orange counties.

States/regions in red are included on New York’s travel advisory list as of Oct. 13, 2020. Guam and Puerto Rico, not pictured, are also on the list.

The “red zone” level for neighborhoods with the most cases was up from the 3.7% the day before. Those areas are home to 2.8% of the state’s population, yet had 12.3% of all positive cases reported Monday to the state, Cuomo said.

“Our numbers overall continue to remain steady, despite the micro-clusters that have popped up in certain pockets of the state. Our strategy is to continue to identify these clusters if and when they pop up, get even more refined in our targeting and attack them as needed,” Cuomo said.

Eleven state residents died of coronavirus-related causes on Monday, and 923 people were hospitalized with the virus — an increase of 45 people from the previous day.

The positivity level for new confirmed virus cases was 1.1% on Long Island and 1.3% in New York City. The number was 101 in Nassau County, 68 in Suffolk County and 545 in New York City.

State Liquor Authority agents and State Police inspected 470 establishments on Monday and issued summonses to three of them — all in Nassau County — for violating state laws on mask-wearing and social distancing.

New York City found only one positive case of COVID-19 in public schools from random tests conducted on 1,751 people, including students and staff, at 56 schools.

The random tests began last Friday, de Blasio said Tuesday morning at his daily news conference, and the schools started to reopen last month for in-person classes.

“That’s really, really encouraging, and it says how important it is to constantly keep a lookout, and constantly focus on testing,” de Blasio said.

As part of a deal with the city teachers’ labor union, de Blasio agreed to a randomized, monthly testing

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Stock Markets Sink on Cruise Ship Stock Sales; Online Travel Shares Fall

Tuesday was an off day on Wall Street, as investors hit the pause button in what has been an amazing upward move for the overall stock market in recent weeks. Losses weren’t all that significant, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES:^DJI) and S&P 500 (SNPINDEX:^GSPC) losing just enough to give bullish market participants the idea that indexes are setting up for another big push higher.

Today’s stock market

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Dow

(0.55%)

(158)

S&P 500

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(22)

Nasdaq Composite

(0.10%)

(12)

Data source: Yahoo! Finance.

Yet there were some really big losers on Tuesday, and they largely came from the travel industry. In particular, cruise ship operators saw their share prices drop significantly as the hard-hit companies got even more bad news about their immediate prospects. Meanwhile, more broadly, online travel giants like Booking Holdings (NASDAQ:BKNG) and Expedia Group (NASDAQ:EXPE) didn’t fare particularly well, either. Below, we’ll look at the factors hitting these stocks in more detail.

Taking on more water

The losses in the cruise ship industry were substantial. Royal Caribbean (NYSE:RCL) saw the biggest declines, falling 13% on the day. Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NASDAQ:NCLH) and Carnival (NYSE:CCL) both followed suit with drops of 8% on Tuesday.

Cruise ship in a harbor with an island and beach nearby.

Image source: Getty Images.

The industry has been in trouble for a long time. At the end of September, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extended the no-sail order governing U.S. cruises by a month, and many believe that the regulatory agency would have preferred to move forward more aggressively with an extension all the way through the first month of 2021.

Carnival got off to a bad start on Monday by announcing it would cancel its November cruises. Royal Caribbean and Norwegian had already taken that step. That now makes it a very real possibility that the industry won’t end up having any activity at all through the end of 2020.

The latest news sinking cruise stocks came from Royal Caribbean, which decided to cancel its Australia and New Zealand cruises through the end of the year. Moreover, the company once again turned to the capital markets for money, raising $1 billion with sales of $500 million in stock and $500 million in three-year convertible debt.

Investors have been willing to keep cruise companies afloat, providing them more cash even without firm prospects for a restart. How long that will last is anyone’s guess, but shareholders have to be losing patience with the companies and their lack of certainty about what the future will hold.

Travel sites face huge uncertainty

Elsewhere in travel, Expedia and Booking Holdings were both down more than 3%. The pains in the cruise ship industry were only one factor weighing on the online travel booking sites.

Airline earnings started coming out today, and Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) had a lackluster performance that included huge losses. It’s likely that the rest of the airlines will see similar issues.

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Ohio is back on New York’s travel advisory list, visitors required to quarantine

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Hope you got that fall trip to the Finger Lakes in, because Ohioans are back on New York’s not-welcome-here list.

Spiking COVID-19 numbers landed Ohio back on the travel advisory list, which means visiting Ohioans are required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut (a negative COVID test will get you out of the quarantine requirement in Connecticut).

Ohio has been on and off New York’s list since mid-July, as the state’s coronavirus numbers have spiked and subsided. Ohio was most recently removed from New York’s list on September 15.

Ohio last week set a single-day record for positive cases, with 1,840 cases reported Friday.

Numerous states have travel restrictions in place in an effort to limit the spread of the virus. New York’s is one of the strictest.

New York uses one of two metrics to place states on its restricted list – either a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a seven-day rolling average or a 10% or higher positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average. According to Covidactnow.com, Ohio has a 3.7% positivity rate on recent tests, and a positive test rate of 12.5 residents per 100,000.

On Tuesday, three states – Ohio, Michigan and Virginia – were added to New York’s list, bringing the total to 38, reflecting rising infection rates throughout most of the United States. In New York itself – which aggressively controlled the virus using travel quarantines and other measures over the summer – infection numbers continue to increase. The number of daily cases per 100,000 residents in New York has increased to 7.2, according to Covidactnow.com, up from 3 in mid-August.

Travelers who violate New York’s rules face a fine of up to $10,000, although it’s unclear if anyone has been penalized. According to the restrictions, Ohioans are permitted to travel through New York, spending up to 24 hours in the state.

Ohio, meanwhile, has seven states on its travel advisory list – Idaho, Wyoming, South Dakota, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Wisconsin.

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HSN, QVC unveil new travel and cooking show with Curtis Stone

HSN and QVC rolled out a new travel and cooking show on its digital streaming platforms on Tuesday.

The show titled “Travel, Cook, Repeat with Curtis Stone” is a shift from their typical sales programming.

Rather than pushing Stone’s products infomercial-style, the celebrity chef will travel and cook diverse food using his cookware that is up for sale on HSN’s website.

The new six-episode series is a push to connect with audiences who are quarantined during the coronavirus pandemic.

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The aim is to give viewers a more interactive experience and excite them into buying products during a time when people are spending less time shopping.

“I’m so excited to be creating this show for the Qurate Retail Group’s QVC and HSN streaming service. As a chef, it is a real joy to be able to introduce exotic flavors to home cooks across America, in straightforward recipes that our audience can actually prepare themselves,” Stone said in a press release.

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He continued: “We’ll travel together, from New South Wales in Australia to Rioja, Spain, and beyond, and then create some amazing dishes at home. We’ll have some laughs, and I’ll post each recipe to HSN.com, with complete instructions.”

Maya Bowie, the general manager merchandising vice president at QVC and HSN, said, “Our long collaboration with Curtis Stone and the relationships he has built with consumers created the opportunity to try this amazing new concept.”

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She added: “Curtis joined HSN in 2012 and quickly became HSN’s #1 brand in the kitchen. He started with cookware and kitchen tools and expanded from there. Now, he’s giving our customers an introduction to new cultures and cuisine, while bringing those very recipes to life using his own HSN products.”

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CT’s Coronavirus Travel Advisory List: 3 States Added

CONNECTICUT — Gov. Ned Lamont added Ohio, Michigan and Virginia to Connecticut’s coronavirus travel advisory list Tuesday. No state or territory fell from the list, bringing the number of restricted areas to 38.

Under the most recent regulations released by Lamont, travelers from those areas either have to self-quarantine for 14 days or have proof of a negative coronavirus test result within 72 hours of arriving in the state.

States are put on the advisory list if they have a daily positive coronavirus test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a 10 percent or higher positive rate over a seven-day rolling average. Failure to complete a travel health form carries a civil penalty of $1,000 for each violation.

A total of 49 people have been fined so far, Hearst Connecticut reported. The fines total in excess of $53,000 and mostly involve people coming from Florida and North Carolina, Hearst reported.

Travelers who are required to self-quarantine may do so at their home, a hotel or other temporary lodging. Connecticut, New York and New Jersey asked hotels to communicate the quarantine requirements to guests who have traveled from one of the affected states.

There are some exceptions to the rule. Workers traveling from affected states to Connecticut and vice versa who work in critical infrastructure as designated by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, including students in exempt health care professions, and any state, local and federal officials and employees, are exempt from the quarantine requirement when such travel is work-related. Such essential workers are required to complete the travel health form, however.

While there currently are no Connecticut-imposed restrictions on international travel, the federal government continues to provide international travel recommendations for anyone living inside the United States. For guidance on international travel, see the “COVID-19 Travel Recommendations” published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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As of Tuesday, the following 38 states and territories are included in Connecticut’s travel advisory:

  1. Alabama

  2. Alaska

  3. Arkansas

  4. Colorado

  5. Delaware

  6. Florida

  7. Georgia

  8. Guam

  9. Idaho

  10. Illinois

  11. Indiana

  12. Iowa

  13. Kansas

  14. Kentucky

  15. Louisiana

  16. Michigan

  17. Minnesota

  18. Mississippi

  19. Missouri

  20. Montana

  21. Nebraska

  22. Nevada

  23. New Mexico

  24. North Carolina

  25. North Dakota

  26. Ohio

  27. Oklahoma

  28. Puerto Rico

  29. Rhode Island

  30. South Carolina

  31. South Dakota

  32. Tennessee

  33. Texas

  34. Utah

  35. Virginia

  36. West Virginia

  37. Wisconsin

  38. Wyoming

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Chicago adds Indiana to travel quarantine list; city health commissioner says neighbor ‘is a state that is wishing that COVID were over, and it’s not’

Chicago made it official Tuesday, adding neighboring Indiana to its emergency travel order that requires travelers returning to the city from there to stay inside for two weeks because of high COVID-19 case counts.



a person posing for the camera: In this file photo, Chicago Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady answers questions during a news conference at the Greater Western Community Development Project in Chicago, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020.


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In this file photo, Chicago Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady answers questions during a news conference at the Greater Western Community Development Project in Chicago, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020.

The Hoosier state’s inclusion on Chicago’s self-quarantine list was expected.

The city last week “strongly advised” Chicago residents against traveling to Indiana, pointing to the fact the state had already passed the bench mark of more than 15 new daily COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents over a seven-day period that warrants getting added.

“I am very concerned that Indiana is a state that is wishing that COVID were over, and it’s not,” city Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said then.

Starting Friday, people traveling into Chicago from Indiana will be expected to quarantine themselves for 14 days. Violators can face fine, though the city has taken few steps to enforce the rules.

Indiana joins Wisconsin, which was placed back on Chicago’s travel warning list three weeks ago amid skyrocketing coronavirus numbers there.

And like with Wisconsin, people who commute across the Indiana state line to or from Chicago to work or go to school will be exempt from the quarantine rule, a nod to the symbiotic relationship between the neighboring states. But workers in Chicago from Indiana will be expected to avoid restaurants, bars and other public spaces in the city.

In all, there are now 26 states on the quarantine list: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

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PA Expands Travel Quarantine List Again, Now Up To 26 States

PENNSYLVANIA — The number of states on Pennsylvania’s travel quarantine list continues to grow, as health officials look to contain the spread of the virus from other hotspots around the country.

Alaska, Indiana, and North Carolina are now on the list, bringing the total number of states to 26. This comes just days after four new states were added on Oct. 7. In the last update, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, and Wyoming were put on the list.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health initially announced quarantine recommendations on July 2.

Here is the current full list of states which Pennsylvania leaders have identified as “at-risk” due to a high rate of the virus:

  • Alabama

  • Alaska

  • Arkansas

  • Florida

  • Idaho

  • Illinois

  • Indiana

  • Iowa

  • Kansas

  • Kentucky

  • Minnesota

  • Mississippi

  • Missouri

  • Montana

  • Nebraska

  • Nevada

  • North Carolina

  • North Dakota

  • Oklahoma

  • South Carolina

  • South Dakota

  • Tennessee

  • Texas

  • Utah

  • Wisconsin

  • Wyoming

Pennsylvanians who have been to these 26 states recently should quarantine for a full 14 days upon their return, authorities.

Travel increases your chances of getting coronavirus, health officials warn, and it’s recommended to avoid traveling for the time being if possible.

When the first travel quarantine list was put out, officials had included just 15 states.

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