Just 18 states and territories NOT on N.J.’s updated COVID-19 travel advisory. Quarantine list hits new high.

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:

American Samoa

Arizona (removed on 9/29/20)

California (removed on 9/15/20)

Connecticut

Hawaii (removed on 9/15/20)

Maine

Maryland (removed on 9/15/20)

Massachusetts

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New York

Northern Mariana Islands

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Vermont

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.

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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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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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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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N.J. coronavirus travel advisory adds 3 states. Quarantine list now at 38 states and territories.

New Jersey on Tuesday added three states, Ohio, Michigan and Virginia, to its coronavirus travel advisory, bringing the list to 38 U.S. states and territories considered COVID-19 hotspots.

The state is asking travelers from 36 states and 2 territories to get a COVID-19 test and self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving in New Jersey. That includes Garden State residents returning home from a trip.

The advisory applies to any state or territory with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or those with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

The quarantine is voluntary and people traveling for businesses or passing through are exempted. But state officials say “compliance is necessary.”

New York and Connecticut have the same advisory and the same list in an effort to protect the region from the virus spreading.

States are added and removed every Tuesday. New York health officials run the calculations for who should be included.

The advisory now includes:

  • 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, Maryland, and Ohio were removed on Sept. 15. The Virgin Islands were removed Sept. 8. Washington was removed Aug. 11. The District of Columbia was removed on Aug. 4.

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Ironically, New Jersey has been inching closer to qualifying for the list.

It’s unclear exactly what that would mean. It’s possible New Jerseyans who travel to New York or Connecticut will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days, unless they’re traveling for work.

Murphy said last week he doesn’t expect to have to issue another widespread state lockdown in New Jersey again, the way he did in March. Instead, he said, officials are more likely to institute more localized restrictions.

Asked last Thursday about what happens if New Jersey qualifies for the advisory, Murphy said state officials are “doing everything we can to keep it below the line.”

People flying into New Jersey are asked to fill out an electronic survey with information about where they live, 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.

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Lonely Planet ranks ultimate travel destinations in new list

Many of us have been forced to rethink travel plans in the wake of Covid-19, but if you’re soothing your canceled-vacation-blues by daydreaming about future adventures, Lonely Planet’s new “Ultimate Travel List” might be just what you need.



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Lonely Planet has just released the second edition of its popular “Ultimate Travel List” coffee table book, which ranks the world’s top 500 unmissable travel experiences.

The new list, collated by Lonely Planet’s team of experts, spotlights must-see and must-do experiences, from spotting wildlife on the Galapagos Islands to admiring the spectacular Iguazú Falls waterfall that spans Argentina and Brazil, to wandering the geothermal landscapes of Yellowstone National Park.



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The Annapurna circuit trek is a hike you won’t forget.

The team scoured past Lonely Planet guidebooks and also reviewed each destination’s commitment to sustainability.

“The options to travel are clearly limited right now, but the list is aimed at inspiring to 2021 and beyond when travel starts recovering,” Tom Hall, Lonely Planet’s vice president of experience, tells CNN Travel.



a stone building that has a canyon with Petra in the background: Jordan's ancient city of Petra is pictured empty of tourists on June 1, 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. - For over two millennia the ancient city of Petra has towered majestically over the Jordanian desert. Today its famed rose-red temples hewn into the rockface lie empty and silent. (Photo by Khalil MAZRAAWI / AFP) (Photo by KHALIL MAZRAAWI/afp/AFP via Getty Images)


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Jordan’s ancient city of Petra is pictured empty of tourists on June 1, 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. – For over two millennia the ancient city of Petra has towered majestically over the Jordanian desert. Today its famed rose-red temples hewn into the rockface lie empty and silent. (Photo by Khalil MAZRAAWI / AFP) (Photo by KHALIL MAZRAAWI/afp/AFP via Getty Images)

“This is intended to be something that really drives people’s bucket list, not just for now, but for the future.”

Read on for Lonely Planet’s top 10, and to see which destination grabbed the top spot.

10. Annapurna Circuit, Nepal

This jaw-dropping trek is a must for climbers, hikers and on-foot travelers. Traversing Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit, you’ll pass through rice paddies, yak grasslands and a snowy mountain pass named Thorung La.



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Parts of the walk are very high altitude, including the stunning Tilicho Lake, which only adds to the appeal for thrill-seekers. According to Lonely Planet, the Annapurna Circuit is “everything a good trek should be.”



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Wildlife is one of the top attractions of the Galapagos Islands.

9. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Visiting Salar de Uyuni, the biggest salt flat in the world, feels like you’re walking through the clouds. After rainfall, water on the lake’s salty surface creates a glossy, glass-like illusion, turning the lake into a mirror that reflects the sky above.



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Each year when the Okavango River floods with water, it transforms into a spectacular wilderness.

Salar de Uyuni is also pretty impressive when it’s arid, and the surface becomes cracked with geometric patterns. Plus, when it’s dry you can visit the two lake islands, Isla Incahuasi and Isla del Pescado.



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Buddhist monks enter the Bayon Temple at Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

8. Temples of Angkor, Cambodia

The atmospheric surrounds of Angkor, a cluster of beautiful

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