New Jersey on Tuesday re-added New Mexico to its coronavirus travel advisory, bringing the list back up to 35 U.S. states and territories considered COVID-19 hotspots.
No other states or territories were added or dropped to the list.
The state is asking travelers from 33 states and two territories to get a coronavirus 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.
“We know that COVID-19 is a virus of opportunity, and if we let our guard down and grow complacent, we open a window of opportunity for future outbreaks,” Gov. Phil Murphy said in a statement. “It remains critically important for anyone arriving to New Jersey from these 35 states and territories to get tested for COVID-19 and self-quarantine for 14 days.”
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)
- 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)
- 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)
- West Virginia (added 9/8/20)
- Wisconsin (added 7/14/20)
- Wyoming (added 9/22/20)
(Arizona and Virgina were removed 9/29/20. California, Hawaii, Maryland, and Ohio were removed 9/15/20. The Virgin Islands were removed 9/8/20. Washington was removed 8/11/20. The District of Columbia was removed on 8/4/20.)
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People flying into New Jersey are asked to fill out an electronic survey with information about their home town, 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.
This latest update comes as New Jersey deals with COVID-19 upticks of its own after a summer of relatively stability.
The state on Tuesday reported nine more deaths attributed to COVID-19 and 651 more cases. Meanwhile, the state’s rate of transmission is currently 1.26, well above the critical benchmark of 1 that indicates the outbreak is growing.
New Jersey has reported 16,147 total deaths attributed to the virus — 14,360 lab-confirmed and 1,787 considered probable — with 209,342 total cases in the nearly seven months since the first case was reported here March 4. New Jersey is now ranked fourth in the number of deaths from COVID-19, after New York, Texas and California.
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