TRENTON, NJ – The Garden State's COVID-19 travel advisory list encompasses about 45% of the states, now that Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio and Wisconsin have been added.
Travelers entering New Jersey from these states and 18 others are urged to self-quarantine for 14 days from the time of last contact within those states.
Delaware has been removed from the list, which is updated each Tuesday.
The travel advisory applies to any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.
As of today, 22 states meet the criteria: Alabama; Arkansas; Arizona; California; Florida; Georgia; Iowa; Idaho; Kansas; Louisiana; Minnesota; Mississippi; North Carolina; New Mexico; Nevada; Ohio; Oklahoma; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; and Wisconsin.
“We must remain vigilant and committed to our collective effort of beating COVID-19 and reducing the rate of transmission throughout New Jersey,” said Gov. Phil Murphy said in a statement released today. “In order to continue moving forward with New Jersey’s restart and recovery process, I strongly urge individuals arriving from these 22 states to self-quarantine and proactively get a COVID-19 test to prevent hotspots from flaring up across our state.”
During his COVID-19 update on Monday, Murphy said he was “nervous” New Jersey could face an uptick, if not a surge of COVID-19 cases from travelers coming from hotspots such Florida.
Florida health officials on Tuesday reported a record 132 new deaths related to COVID-19 and more than 9,100 new cases. The 132 deaths represent the biggest single-day spike Florida has seen since the beginning of the pandemic.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced that his state would require travelers from 19 states to fill out forms documenting their travels plans or face a fine of up to $2,000.