TRENTON, NJ — Travelers making their way back to the Garden State from more than a dozen states have been advised to self-quarantine for a minimum of 14 days due to the rise of COVID-19 cases — a list that as of July 7 also includes Delaware, Kansas and Oklahoma. 

These states join Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah. All of them have positive test rates higher than 10 per 100,000 or a 10 percent higher positive rate over a seven-day rolling average.

“In order to responsibly continue down our road back to restart and recovery, we must remain vigilant in our collective effort to beat the virus and reduce the rate of transmission,” Gov. Phil Murphy said in a press release. “I urge those arriving from one of these 19 states to self-quarantine and get a COVID-19 test to prevent additional flare-ups across the state and ensure the health and safety of their fellow New Jerseyans.” 

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He and state Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli warned on July 6 of pocketed outbreaks resulting from individuals visiting areas in the midst of case spikes.

Anyone returning from any of the above areas is instructed to isolate at home, hotel or other available location — breaking self-quarantine only to tend to a medical emergency or obtain essential items.   

“Travelers and residents returning from impacted states typically will not need to check in with public health officials, unless otherwise they are involved in contract tracing efforts or required to do so by their employer or any other federal, state or local law or order,” state officials said in a statement.

Click here for updates of states included in the travel advisory.

GOV MURPHY CUTS BACK ON DAILY CORONAVIRUS BRIEFINGS

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey’s daily coronavirus press briefings, which began in March, will now be held three days a week — Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 

To date, more than 150 briefings have been broadcast with a number of speakers, but typically with Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli, Assistant Health Commissioner Christina Tan, who also serves as state epidemiologist, and New Jersey State Police Superintendent Col. Pat Callahan.

Murphy said that his office will continue to release virtual press releases with pertinent information regarding ongoing developments surrounding COVID-19, such as the July 7 announcement on the quarantine advisory .

 

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