New Jersey’s coronavirus travel advisory list expanded Tuesday to its highest number of COVID-19 hotspots since Garden State health officials started asking travelers arriving from those states and territories to quarantine for 14 days.
There’s now 38 states and territories on the quarantine list, with Michigan, Ohio and Virginia re-added on Tuesday. The list is updated weekly in a multi-state agreement with New York and Connecticut, and includes locations that reported a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or 10% or a higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.
New Jersey, itself, has recently come close to meeting those qualifications with a seven-day rolling average of 826 cases as of Tuesday. The state would need to average 888 new cases a day over a week to hit the 10 per 100,000 resident positive test rate.
Just seven states outside of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut have not been included on the travel advisory since it started in June, and some states have been added and dropped from the list multiple times.
The quarantine is voluntary and there are exceptions for business travel and people just passing through, but “compliance is expected,” according to New Jersey officials.
Here are the 18 states and territories not on the quarantine list:
Arizona (removed on 9/29/20)
California (removed on 9/15/20)
Hawaii (removed on 9/15/20)
Maryland (removed on 9/15/20)
Northern Mariana Islands
Virgin Islands (removed on 9/8/20)
Washington (removed on 8/11/20)
Washington D.C. (removed on 8/4/20)
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Here are the 38 states and territories on the quarantine list as of Tuesday:
Alabama (added 6/24/20)
Alaska (re-added 9/1/20)
Arkansas (added 6/24/20)
Colorado (added 9/29/20)
Delaware (re-added 9/8/20)
Florida (added 6/24/20)
Georgia (added 6/30/20)
Guam (added 8/25/20)
Idaho (added 6/30/20)
Illinois (added 7/28/20)
Indiana (added 7/21/20)
Iowa (added 6/30/20)
Kansas (added 7/7/20)
Kentucky (added 7/28/20)
Louisiana (added 6/30/20)
Michigan (added 10/13/20)
Minnesota (re-added 9/22/20)
Mississippi (added 6/30/20)
Missouri (added 7/21/20)
Montana (re-added 9/1/20)
Nebraska (added 7/21/20)
Nevada (re-added 9/22/20)
New Mexico (re-added 10/6/20)
North Carolina (added 6/24/20)
North Dakota (added 7/21/20)
Ohio (re-added 10/13/20)
Oklahoma (added 7/7/20)
Puerto Rico (re-added 9/15/20)
Rhode Island (re-added 9/22/20)
South Carolina (added 6/24/20)
South Dakota (added 8/11/20)
Tennessee (added 6/30/20)
Texas (added 6/24/20)
Utah (added 6/24/20)
Virginia (re-added 10/13/20)
West Virginia (added 9/8/20)
Wisconsin (added 7/14/20)
Wyoming (added 9/22/20)
Arizona and Virginia were removed Sept. 29. California, Hawaii and Maryland were removed Sept. 15. The Virgin Islands were removed Sept. 8. Washington was removed Aug. 11. The District of Columbia was removed Aug. 4.
People flying into New Jersey are asked to fill out an electronic survey with information about their hometown, where they traveled from and their destination. The information is then sent to county health departments, who will call the traveler to request them to self-quarantine and explain where they can be tested for COVID-19.
Travelers can access the survey by texting “NJ Travel” to 898211, visiting covid19.nj.gov/njtravel, or scanning a QR code on posters at airports.
New Jersey reported 993 more COVID-19 positive tests and seven more deaths Tuesday, marking the fourth time in six days officials have announced more than 800 cases.
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