NEW JERSEY - Arriving from Alaska? Visiting from Virginia? Dropping in from Delaware?
Welcome to the Garden State, enjoy your 14-day self-quarantine and kindly get a COVID-19 test.
These three states and seven more have been added to the New Jersey's travel advisory list, brining the total to a whopping 31.
Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, and Washington are also the latest additions to the quarantine-upon-arrival list that is updated by the state every Tuesday.
The list had already included Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Minnesota was removed from the list.
The travel advisory applies to anyone arriving from a state with a COVID-19 positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average.
In simpler terms, it means Gov. Phil Murphy is trying to protect New Jersey from experiencing the flare up in cases being seen over the past several weeks in hotspots such as Arizona, California and Florida - where a Sunshine State-record 517 new hospitalizations were reported on Tuesday.
“It is critically important that all New Jerseyans remain committed to beating COVID-19 by remaining vigilant and continuing our collective efforts to reduce new cases and the rate of transmission throughout the state,” Murphy said in a statement released this afternoon. “In order to prevent additional outbreaks across New Jersey and continue with our responsible restart and recovery process, I strongly encourage all individuals arriving from these hotspot states to proactively get a COVID-19 test and self-quarantine.”
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.
The State Health Department is reporting 424 new positive cases of COVID-19, pushing New Jersey's total to 177, 256.
It is also reporting 22 deaths over the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 13,763.
New Jersey launched a new initiative Monday in which it is asking people flying into New Jersey to fill out an electronic survey. Travelers will be asked their hometown, their point of departure and their destination. This will be sent to county health departments, who will contact the traveler to request them to self-quarantine and refer them to a COVID-19 testing site.